Rose, crushed mint, red berry and baking spice aromas shape the nose on this fragrant red. Seamlessly combining structure and finesse, the focused palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and menthol alongside firm, fine-grained tannins while fresh acidity keeps it balanced. It's still youthfully austere and promises excellent aging potential.
96 points, Kerin O'Keefe (September 2020)
Here is a special late-release Riserva from Michele Chiarlo. The 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerequio is a big wine that reveals extra tight tannins and concentrated richness that permeates its substantial textural fiber. Dark fruit aromas come forth with blackberry and dried cherry backed by spice, leather, tar and campfire ash. The wine shows the concentration and density of extended oak aging with tannins that feel sharp, young and astringent at this stage. This wine requires more cellar aging before it softens and finds better integration.
94 points, Wine Advocate (October 2020)
The 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerequio is a potent wine. Cerequio is a site that naturally leans towards finesse, not raw power, so this style feels a bit forced. Even so, the 2016 is nicely balanced. A blast of dark fruit, licorice, spice, menthol, new leather, pine and chocolate infuses the 2013 with quite a bit of character. This is an especially concentrated style, with a lot of tannin, and yet it all comes together. There is some oak influence and that also means the 2013 is starting to show the first signs of aromatic and flavor maturity. I would drink it over the next decade or so.
93 points, Vinous (October 2020)