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1997 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 6879938 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is the original owner and is a Mississippi neurosurgeon with one of the largest cellars in the South

Bidder Amount Total
majon $135 $135
joabr3 $125 $0
$125
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RATINGS

97Wine Spectator

Amazing aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mace, with hints of mint, waft from this full-bodied red with wonderfully well-integrated and superfine tannins that build on the palate....Ceretto's greatest wine ever.

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

..explosive bouquet of coffee liqueur, licorice,spice box, black cherries, kirsch, raspberries, and cedar is to die for. The wine reveals numerous dimensions and nuances as well as a boatload of glycerin.Full-bodied, massively concentrated,

92+ Stephen Tanzer

PRODUCER

Ceretto

Ceretto Monsordo Bernardina is owned and operated by the Ceretto family, an enterprising family with roots in the Italian wine industry since the late 19th century. The company is run by the brothers Bruno and Marcello Ceretto, and their adult children. Ceretto the estate is in Alba, in the Piedmont appellation in Northeastern Italy. The family also owns and operates the estates Bricco Rocche, Bricco Asili and Vignaioli di Santa Stefano. Overall, the family’s estates include 250 acres of vineyards and they produce a portfolio of wines. Ceretto’s signature wines are its Barbera and Nebbiolo-based reds, including Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.

VINTAGE

1997 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche

400 cases produced