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Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta 2013

Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta 2013

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"Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and dark spices infuse the 2013 Barolo Cerretta. Powerful and deep, with notable textural richness, the Cerretta shows the most muscular side of Serralunga. The 2013 spent 45 days on skins and was aged in untoasted 600-liter tonneaux. Aging in tonneaux, along with the natural intensity of the site, yields an unctuous, rich Barolo. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 93 points

My most recent visit with Sergio Germano was quite interesting, as I had a chance to taste the first Barolos from Vigna Rionda Germano has made since he replanted his parcel in 2011. Interestingly, Germano is doing his Rionda with 100% whole clusters. Unlike other wines made with whole clusters, like Burlotto’s Barolo Monvigliero, or many Pinots and Syrahs, the Germano Rionda has very little obvious stem character. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see where those wines go in the coming years. In the meantime, there is plenty to like in these new releases. The 2013 Prapò and Ceretta Barolos are terrific. As is often the case, I find the Lazzarito - the current release is 2011 - a bit overoaked. Even so, this is an estate to watch for the future."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/17)