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 2014 Barolo is a very pretty wine, and one of the overachievers of the year. One of the reasons for that is because in 2014 Ceretto did not bottle a Brunate or Bricco Rocche. Far from the easygoing wine it usually is, the straight Barolo is tightly wound, austere and nervy, all qualities of this very unique growing season. Ceretto’s 2014 could turn out to be a real surprise. - Vinous Media 91 Points
Really attractive dried fruit on the nose of this Barolo, including dried red cherries and dried hibiscus as well as five spices, dried rose petals, wet earth and tea leaves. Medium body, polished tannins and a delicate mouthfeel enhanced by linear acidity. A taut finish. Drink now or hold. - James Suckling 91 Points