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2009 Giacomo Conterno Cerretta Barbera, Piedmont RP--91 WS--92


Item Description: This bottle is in new condition with no known issues

Tasting Notes

Wine Spectator: 92 Points
Score: 92 Release Price: $90 Country: Italy Region: Piedmont Issue: Apr 30, 2013 Featuring cherry and raspberry fruit, this bright, iron- and sanguine-inflected red is rich and well-integrated. Shows purity and intensity, with a lingering finish of fruit and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2026. 550 cases made. –BS

Robert Parker: 91 Points
Wine Advocate #197 Oct 2011 Antonio Galloni 91 Drink: 2014 - 2022 $50 (50) The 2009 Barbera d’Alba Cerretta is a huge wine bursting with dark red cherries, plums, sweet herbs, rose petal and all sorts of mineral notes. Smoke, ash and tar develop in the glass. The 2009 Cerretta is an intense, virile Barbera that needs at least a few years in bottle to drop some of its baby fat. The richness and depth are impressive considering this is only the second vintage Conterno has made the wine. Mineral notes develop on the finish, but the Cerretta is ultimately more about fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. The drive from Barolo to Monforte was a little different this year. Peering across the valley over the hillside where the Conterno winery sits, the observant eye will notice a number of large barrels outside the main building. Roberto Conterno had no choice but to replace a number of his casks this year as the staves had begun to bend from many years of use, and Conterno was understandably afraid of the unthinkable, that the casks could finally yield to old age full of wine. Still, he was clearly upset by having to replace barrels that he personally moved into the new winery with his father during the summer of 1985. Just to think of the wines that were racked during that move. The 1978, 1979 and 1982 Monfortini were still in cask. To be honest, seeing the empty space in the winery as the new casks were about to arrive was quite a shock. The wines, however, were not. I tasted all of the wines currently in cask plus the new releases from bottle. My high expectations were easily surpassed. Conterno fans have a lot to look forward to. Roberto Conterno has decided to give his new Nebbiolo from the Cerretta vineyard another year in barrel. At the moment Conterno is leaning towards releasing the 2009 as a Langhe Nebbiolo rather than Barolo, although that could always change. Readers who want to learn more about the 2011 harvest at Conterno may want to take a look at my video interview with Roberto Conterno.

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