Giovanni Rosso, Barolo Cerretta, 2016

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We like the wines of Piedmont and Burgundy. Actually, we love them. So when we find a producer that manages to incorporate qualities of both regions we get extra excited. Giovanni Rosso is exactly that type of producer. With inspiration and training in Burgundy but with roots in Serralunga d’Alba that go back over 100 years, Giovanni, who sadly passed away in 2009, and his son Davide have not only brought the grace of Bourgogne to the terroir of best vineyards of Serralunga but, even more importantly, have done so consistently.

The Rosso family has farmed many famous crus of Serralunga d’Alba, most notably the Crus of La Serra, Broglio, Damiano and Vigna Rionda, Cerretta and Sorano since 1890. They were lauded for their meticulous attention to detail and sold their grapes to some of the most famous Piedmontese producers. However, in the early 1980’s Giovanni Rosso determined it was time for his family to have their own name recognized as producers of great wine.

Fast forward to 2001 when Giovanni’s son, Davide, joined the operation after finishing a postgraduate study in Burgundy. From then until Giovanni’s death, this father-son team became a focal point in the region. Now, taking lead of the house, Davide continues this upward trajectory in Piedmont (and now Etna in Sicily as well) by taking techniques he learned in Burgundy further to reveal the true terroir of their ancestral parcels.

All the magic that goes into making these world-class wines takes place in the family’s small estate in Baudana. In the vineyard, Davide practices organic viticulture for the most part, but doesn’t allow dogma to overrule quality. After harvest, the winemaking is decidedly traditional. Spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place in small, non-temperature controlled concrete vats over a month or more. Davide employs a gentle remontage to maintain purity of fruit versus a more aggressive “rack and return” approach that is often used to create larger-scaled wines. Aging takes place in 50hl French oak botte sourced from Fontainebleau.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"The 2016 Barolo Cerretta is another impressive wine from Davide Rosso. Ample and resonant in the glass, with terrific freshness, the Cerretta captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Sweet red berry fruit, blood orange, cinnamon, wild flowers and mint emerge from the glass, but only with some reluctance. Time really brings out the wine's textural depth nicely. I would give the 2016 a few years in bottle."

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The Giovanni Rosso 2016 Barolo Cerretta is a tight, focused and high-energy expression of Nebbiolo. Red and purple fruit aromas of cassis, dried cranberry and cherry provide pretty highlights, but ample space is given to those equally pretty aromas of licorice, campfire ash and candied orange peel that so deftly play supporting roles. To the palate, this is a glossy, polished wine with enough tannic kick to carry it forward for another 10 or 20 years of cellar aging."

Decanter

D 92
"There have been few disappointments over the last decade at Davide Rosso's estate, with its range of Barolos from Serralunga. Cerretta is a large site at 360 metres, and the wine is vinified and aged traditionally. The nose is smoky with ripe raspberry aromas, while the palate manages to combine voluptuousness with tannic rigour. There's no toughness, just a forceful structure - if at the expense of overt fruitiness. Impressive and very long. Drinking Window 2021 - 2038"

Wine Spectator

WS 95
"Intense, subtle strawberry with white-truffle and dried-flower aromas that follow through to a full body with firm, chewy tannins that are polished and beautiful. Needs time to soften. Muscular wine. Try after 2024." -James Suckling

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