The 2016 Barolo Cerequio is a big, powerful wine. Chiarlo has chosen to bring out a bit more power and density than Cerequio seems naturally predisposed to, but it all works well. Black cherry, spice, leather, licorice and menthol all flesh out with some coaxing. The new oak tannins are pushed to the maximum, but it all works.
94 points, Vinous (October 2020)
As is usually the case, the 2013 Barolo Cerequio shows the darker, more masculine side of this famed La Morra vineyard. Black cherry, smoke, plum, spice, new leather, licorice and menthol add to the wine's dark, inward personality. Mid-weight structure gives the Cerequio a certain accessibility, but the wine's overall feel is very much on the brooding side of things. Even so, my impression is that the 2013 will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later.
91 points, Vinous (October 2017)
Loads of roasted chestnuts, glazed cherries, licorice and dried rosemary. Excellent depth and concentration here; think dried berries and forest floor. Tightly strung with raw, powerful tannins and lots of flavor. Long and chewy on the finish.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (September 2019)
The 2016 Barolo Cerequio is born in the vineyard cru that best represents the excellent winemaking efforts of the Michele Chiarlo team. The estate owns a beautiful boutique hotel and restaurant in the middle of the vineyard and fittingly uses this spot for most public functions. This is a terrific expression, showing the power and balance of the vintage with pretty accents of wild fruit, rose and dark earth that render volume and intensity to the wine's overall performance.
96+ points, Wine Advocate (July 2020)
Distinctively minty, with steeped cherry, plum and eucalyptus notes backed by a solid wall of tannins. Everything is in harmony, with a lingering aftertaste of ripe fruit, mint and earth.
91 points, Wine Spectator (November 2020)
Fragrant purple flower, dark-skinned berry, chopped mint and pipe tobacco are just some of the aromas you'll find on this captivating red. The delicious palate combines structure, finesse and earthiness, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, licorice and truffle framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it youthfully focused and well balanced.
96 points, Kerin O'Keefe (September 2020)