The Vigna Cerretta Barolo is intense garnet red in the glass. The nose shows rich fruit, licorice, rose and violet with light toasty notes. The palate is full and dry with soft, velvety abundant tannins.
The fruit for the Vigna Cerretta is sourced from the Cerretta vineyard located in Serralunga d’Alba. The Helvetian soil is rich in very compact blue marl and sits at an altitude of 310-371 metres above sea level.
Maceration lasts 20 days using a traditional method of maceration called steccatura at a temperature that never exceeds 30°C. This method involves wedging stocks into the vat to hold the cap (grape skins and pulp) down below the surface of the juice. This slow, gentle extractraction coaxes the signature tannins from the Nebbiolo grape skins. Aged for 24 months in 25 hectolitre Slavonian oak barrels with a portion of it part aged in barrique. The wine is further aged in-bottle for at least 12 months.
With fruit from Serralunga d'Alba, the Ca' Rome' 2017 Barolo Cerretta is textured and rich, keeping in line with the characteristics of the vintage. You get dark cherry and baked plum with plenty of spice, tilled earth and even a touch of truffle oil. The vintage heat takes away from the freshness of the aromas, but this wine is amply textured and persistent.
92 points, Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2017 Barolo Cerretta is a dark, mysterious wine. Black cherry, lavender, sage, mint and licorice bring out a darker, more muscular side of Nebbiolo. Firm, driving tannins add to an impression of gravitas and power. Even with all of its tannic clout, the Cerretta is endowed with terrific balance and class. This is impressive.
95 points, Vinous (February 2021)
Wild strawberries and raspberries on the nose with lots of dry-stone and heather notes. Full-bodied, firm and almost chocolatey on the palate with very fine tannins. Bitter-herb notes, too. Needs time for the nose and palate to unify into a single, more complex expression.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (March 2021)
Menthol, tar and grassy aromas obscure the beam of cherry and berry fruit that graces the palate in this succulent red, which is solidly built, with assertive tannins guarding the long finish.
93 points, Wine Spectator