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Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili Bernardot Piedmont 2009

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Smoke, incense, tar and licorice meld into layers of dark red fruit in the 2009 Barbaresco Bernardot. I especially like the vibrancy and energy here, two qualities that are hard to find in 2009. There is a centeredness and intensity of fruit that is hugely appealing. At the same time the Bernardot has soft, refined tannins that contribute to its fabulous overall balance. A final burst of gorgeous, balsamic-infused fruit informs the dark, powerful finish. I continue to like what is happening at Ceretto. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. From the celebrated Bernardot Cru, this dark and austere Barbaresco opens with elegant tones of dried fruit, exotic spice, toasted hazelnut and tar. Thanks to its natural structure and acidity, this shows all of the characteristics of ageability. - M.L. Rich and laced with oak, this red displays concentrated flavors of black cherry, vanilla, clove and smoke. Supple, this ends with a sweet fruit finish that comes off a tad...

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Region: Italy » Piemonte » Barbaresco

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Azienda Ceretto:
The Langhe like the old West: mysterious, sun-blessed moorland, and hills which are still wild and untamable despite the Cartesian logic of their division into rows of vines. An El Dorado. A frontier land with its own gold rushes, pioneers, family sagas, gambles that paid off and hard-earned fortunes, and blood ties that develop into deep roots. The history of the Ceretto brand has all of this... Read more
The Langhe like the old West: mysterious, sun-blessed moorland, and hills which are still wild and untamable despite the Cartesian logic of their division into rows of vines. An El Dorado. A frontier land with its own gold rushes, pioneers, family sagas, gambles that paid off and hard-earned fortunes, and blood ties that develop into deep roots. The history of the Ceretto brand has all of this: three generations whose mission for more than seventy years has been excellence in wine, ambassador of Piedmont and Italy throughout the world. It was Riccardo, the founder, who decided to harness the creative energy of a unique region by planting the first vineyards and setting up the original nucleus of the family firm in Alba. The turning-point in terms of future development came in the Sixties however, with the arrival on the scene of his sons: Bruno, at the helm of the commercial side of the business, and Marcello, as Technical Director. As unlike yet united and complementary as only certain close relatives can be, the Barolo Brothers (as they are known abroad, in an epithet worthy of Sergio Leone) set out to gradually improve the quality of their product. They achieved this by basing their ethos on the concept of terroir, pursuing the very foundations of taste and selecting the finest crus of Barolo and Barbaresco. In little more than thirty years, the Ceretto brothers created a network of small independent estates in the Langhe and Roero, purchasing over 120 hectares (300 acres) of land to form a constellation of cellars producing outstanding labels such as the Bricco Rocche Barolos, the Bricco Asili Barbarescos, Blangé Arneis, Moscato from Vignaioli di Santo Stefano, Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Monsordo and grappas. While precision and clarity may be the common threads running through their entrepreneurial strategy, flair and imagination are the distinguishing features of the company’s collateral projects: wineries that bear the stamp of famous designers and architects, labels that are works of graphic art, and book prizes and musical events, because wine is above-all culture. Meanwhile, in 1999 - with almost symbolic timing given that the new millennium was about to begin - the next generation joined the family business: Marcello’s heirs, Lisa and Alessandro, in finance & administration and production respectively; and Roberta, Bruno’s firstborn, working in public relations and the promotion of parallel ventures, while her brother, Federico, took on responsibility for the export markets. Drawing on the craft and temperament, and the aptitude and skills of their fathers, the new generation of Cerettos is demonstrating that tradition also means transition, looking to the future whilst continuing along the twin tracks laid down by their parents. Read less

External Reviews for Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili Bernardot Piedmont

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/08/2014

Smoke, incense, tar and licorice meld into layers of dark red fruit in the 2009 Barbaresco Bernardot. I especially like the vibrancy and energy here, two qualities that are hard to find in 2009. There is a centeredness and intensity of fruit that is hugely appealing. At the same time the Bernardot has soft, refined tannins that contribute to its fabulous overall balance. A final burst of gorgeous, balsamic-infused fruit informs the dark, powerful finish. I continue to like what is happening at Ceretto. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. From the celebrated Bernardot Cru, this dark and austere Barbaresco opens with elegant tones of dried fruit, exotic spice, toasted hazelnut and tar. Thanks to its natural structure and acidity, this shows all of the characteristics of ageability. - M.L. Rich and laced with oak, this red displays concentrated flavors of black cherry, vanilla, clove and smoke. Supple, this ends with a sweet fruit finish that comes off a tad...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Smoke, incense, tar and licorice meld into layers of dark red fruit in the 2009 Barbaresco Bernardot. I especially like the vibrancy and energy here, two qualities that are hard to find in 2009. There is a centeredness and intensity of fruit that is hugely appealing. At the same time the Bernardot has soft, refined tannins that contribute to its fabulous overall balance. A final burst of gorgeous, balsamic-infused fruit informs the dark, powerful finish. I continue to like what is happening at Ceretto. This is a great showing. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. - Robert Parker 94 PointsFrom the celebrated Bernardot Cru, this dark and austere Barbaresco opens with elegant tones of dried fruit, exotic spice, toasted hazelnut and tar. Thanks to its natural structure and acidity, this shows all of the characteristics of ageability. - M.L. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 PointsRich and laced with oak, this red displays concentrated flavors of black cherry, vanilla, clove and smoke. Supple, this ends with a sweet fruit finish that comes off a tad syrupy. Best from 2014 through 2023. 1,250 cases made. BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points(a pre-bottling sample): Sweet red fruits, red licorice, mocha and underbrush on the nose. Rich, sweet and deep, with good mid-palate stuffing. Softer than the 2008 but also fresher. Finishes broad and persistent, if a bit aggressive. This is carrying 15% alcohol. - Stephen Tanzer 87-89 Points



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