Giacomo Conterno, Barbera d'Alba, Cerretta 2011

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95 points, Antonio Galloni

The 2011 Barolo Cerretta is fabulous. Next to the more floral/savory Francia, the Barolo Cerretta presents greater density and overall volume today, both qualities are very nicely aligned with the style of the year. The flavors are bold and intense, with plenty of dark red cherry, plum, spice, cedar and new leather. Roberto Conterno told me he would need 2-3 years to get Cerretta in shape when we first walked the vineyard together during the days his acquisition was being finalized. Judging by the most recent vintages here, it looks like he is right on schedule. This is a fabulous vintage for the Cerretta, especially considering the Francia includes fruit that could have gone into a Monfortino bottling! 2018 -2036.

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Final bottle from a lot of three, purchased from the German importer in 2016 as part of a larger Conterno Barbera lot (Francia, Cerretta). Decanted for two hours, gritty sediment. Deep and dark colour, youthful appearance. Ready to go right from the start. It's big (15% ABV) and concentrated, with huge cherry fruit and spice, but there is floral lift (violets) and aromatic herbs on the nose too; lovely detail and precision on the palate, silky texture, bright acidity and gravelly freshness balance the weight effortlessly, supported by delicately firm tannins with a percaline texture; light and layered finish, peaches and roses, very good length, little or no back-end heat. Really singing tonight, will go on. 12/31/2022

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