Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco|
Bright cherry and strawberry fruit glides over a backbone of dusty tannins in this linear red. Balanced and harmonious, with a long aftertaste that shows floral, tobacco and spicy notes. Best from 2023 through 2043. 1,500 cases made, 350 cases imported.
Ceretto's entry-level 2016 Barbaresco has all of the energy and vibrancy it showed as a barrel sample. The 2016 is not big or obvious, instead it offers superb persistence and striking balance. Sweet red cherry, mint, pine, licorice and candied orange peel all grace this exquisite entry-level Barbaresco from Ceretto. The straight Barbaresco is a blend of approximately 65% Bernardot and 35% Asili from younger vines and lower, less well-exposed parcels.
The Ceretto 2016 Barbaresco is a softly layered wine with focus and balance. The wine is contoured and delicate with dried cherry and cassis aromas followed by licorice, spice and campfire ash. Ceretto has done a terrific job with this base Barbaresco (made with blended fruit from various vineyard sites). You can drink this wine straight out of the gate. Production is 18,000 bottles strong.
Dark-skinned fruit, truffle, fragrant blue flower and wild herb aromas are front and center. The structured palate delivers succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and a hint of tobacco alongside the warmth of evident alcohol. Taut, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity lend focused support. Drink 2024-2036.