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Barolo Cerequio Roberto Voerzio 97vm 1999

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"Voerzio’s 1999 Barolo Cerequio wraps around the palate with endless layers of fruit. The 1999 is still incredibly fresh and primary, with fabulous intensity and just the barest hints of tertiary complexity. Sweet floral notes meld into spice and red toned fruit, all supported by incisive 1999 tannins that cause the wine to clamp up a bit in the glass. A wine that is both incredibly sexy yet powerful, the Cerequio dazzles from the very first taste...97" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14 "1999 Barolo Cerequio—Dark ruby. Voerzio’s Cerequio is usually my favorite of his wines and the 1999 is truly special. It opens with a beautiful floral nose, followed by suggestions of spices and cocoa, then melds seamlessly onto a palate packed with layers of super-ripe fruit. Boasting notable concentration, as well as definition, length and finesse, it is a great effort for the vintage. In my blind tastings of the 1999 Barolos, this Cerequio was one of the standouts. Like the Brunate it should drink well to age 20...95+" WA 05/06 "This has wonderful purity of fruit, showing raspberry and blackberry, and a hint of new wood. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins, yet balanced and soft. Long and gorgeous. Still needs time...95" 2009

Region: Italy » Piemonte » Barolo

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  • 1999

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Winery: Roberto Voerzio
Color: Red
Varietal: Nebbiolo
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Roberto Voerzio:
This now cult status winery was established in 1986, when a young Roberto Voerzio decided to leave the family business to make wine on his own, with the support of his wife Pinuccia. The estate began with just two hectares (5 acres), but years of patient and diligent negotiations were rewarded with the acquisition of some of the most prestigious and historic crus in La Morra for the product... Read more
This now cult status winery was established in 1986, when a young Roberto Voerzio decided to leave the family business to make wine on his own, with the support of his wife Pinuccia. The estate began with just two hectares (5 acres), but years of patient and diligent negotiations were rewarded with the acquisition of some of the most prestigious and historic crus in La Morra for the production of Barolo as well as excellent vineyards for varieties such as Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Merlot. At Roberto Voerzio, an almost fanatical attention and dedication is lavished on each and every vineyard, vine and cluster. High density planting (6,000/8000 vines per hectare), short winter pruning (leaving just 6-8 buds per plant), a green harvest in mid-July (reducing the bunches by more than 50%) and a second thinning-out in mid-August (during which each cluster is reduced in size by cutting off the bottom part and leaving just the full, more concentrated upper section) translate into drastically reduced yields, at little as 500 g per plant for the most prestigious vineyards. Roberto Voerzio’s viticultural philosophy is simple: work the vineyards with the utmost respect. No chemical fertilizers, weed-killers, fungicides or other substances are utilized. Weeds between vineyard rows are removed manually and each individual vine is fertilized by hand using cow manure or humus, depending on the specific needs of the plant. A non-interventionalist philosophy is applied in the cellar as well where fermentation takes place naturally (without yeast inoculation) in stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation is complete (also in stainless steel), all the wines except Dolcetto are aged in wood, using a combination of large oak casks and small French oak barrels. Nothing is added and the wines are not filtered. This meticulous approach both in the vineyards and cellar has granted Roberto Voerzio countless accolades and admiration from wine enthusiasts around the world, each bottle a masterpiece of authenticity. “The wines of Roberto Voerzio are often (mistakenly) categorized as “modern.” We don’t produce modern wines. Perhaps the approach we take in the vineyards could be considered progressive, but it’s really nothing new; growers in other parts of the world have been applying the same methods for years.” – Davide Voerzio Source: http://vinconnect.com/wineries/roberto-voerzio/ Read less

"Voerzio’s 1999 Barolo Cerequio wraps around the palate with endless layers of fruit. The 1999 is still incredibly fresh and primary, with fabulous intensity and just the barest hints of tertiary complexity. Sweet floral notes meld into spice and red toned fruit, all supported by incisive 1999 tannins that cause the wine to clamp up a bit in the glass. A wine that is both incredibly sexy yet powerful, the Cerequio dazzles from the very first taste...97" Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 08/14 "1999 Barolo Cerequio—Dark ruby. Voerzio’s Cerequio is usually my favorite of his wines and the 1999 is truly special. It opens with a beautiful floral nose, followed by suggestions of spices and cocoa, then melds seamlessly onto a palate packed with layers of super-ripe fruit. Boasting notable concentration, as well as definition, length and finesse, it is a great effort for the vintage. In my blind tastings of the 1999 Barolos, this Cerequio was one of the standouts. Like the Brunate it should drink well to age 20...95+" WA 05/06 "This has wonderful purity of fruit, showing raspberry and blackberry, and a hint of new wood. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins, yet balanced and soft. Long and gorgeous. Still needs time...95" 2009

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