ELIO ALTARE Cerretta Vigna Bricco, Barolo DOCG
The Elio Altare Cerretta Vigna Bricco Barolo Riserva comes from the Serralunga d’Alba sub-region. Only 400-500 dozen bottles are produced each year from Nebbiolo vines planted early this century on south, south-east and south-west facing slopes. The vineyard, on sandstone, limestone and chalk soils, is farmed organically, but along traditional lines.
In the winery only indigenous yeasts are used and the wine is macerated on skins for 4-5 days in temperature-controlled rotary fermenters. It is matured for 24 months in French oak barriques before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
The Elio Altare Cerretta Vigna Bricco shows an intense, ruby-red colour with hints of garnet. The nose is typically fresh, with mature fruits, spice, tobacco, dark fruits and licorice and the palate warm and elegant with minty and spicy notes.
This was the last Barolo we tasted in Altare's lineup, organized by increasing measure of intensity and power, and boy what a treat it was. Harvested from this vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba on October 11, the 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerretta shows a lot of freshness and boldness. This is a gorgeous wine, tight, light and streamlined. It shows generous volume. The wine ends with lasting notes of earth, iron rust and dusty marble. The tannins are solid and complete. Great job!
96+ points, Wine Advocate (June 2019)
The 2013 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco is the most expressive of these wines today. Smooth, polished and exceptionally refined, the 2013 exudes class. Scents of lavender, violet, plum, licorice and spice notes infuse the expressive finish. Today, the Cerretta is terrific.
94 points, Vinous (February 2017)
Pale-medium, slightly opaque garnet. Integral, mellow, nutty oak and rich, red and black cherry fruit alongside dark chocolate, fresh earth and some tar. Brisk acidity lifts the dense, compact palate, with plenty of fine tannins around the black and red cherry fruit, with balsamic and spice. Long. Good stuff.
17.5/20 points, Tim Jackson MW, jancisrobinson.com (March 2019)