Famed Italian gastronome and intellectual Luigi Veronelli wrote, "The land, the land, the land, the land, always, the land." The Ceretto family has sustained this same philosophy since the sixties when Bruno and Marcello joined their father Riccardo in the family business in Alba.
The two brothers' objective was to select vineyards in the most historically important areas for the production of great wines. This idea, spawned by a visit to Burgundy, would prove the wisdom of the Ceretto family, placing their bottles among the greats of enology and elevating Barolo and Barbaresco among the most appreciated and prestigious wines in the world. The idea was revolutionary at the time for a territory in which the concept of "cru" was completely unknown. This intuition was most-notably seen as they began to display their crus as manifestations of their special terroir.
The 2013 Barolo is an expressive, elegant wine. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red cherries and chalky notes give the 2013 its distinctive high-toned profile. The tannins are incisive, but not at all intrusive. I tasted the 2013 from an approximate final blend. If the bottled wine is anything like the barrel sample, the 2013 will be terrific at this level. Today, the 2013 is delicate, aromatic and absolutely beautiful. Fruit sources are Gabutti and pieces that don’t go into the single vineyard wines. The quality of the vintage at Ceretto is evident here. - Antonio Galloni 89-91 Points