This 100% Nebbiolo wine is named for the prestigious Brunate cru from which these grapes originate.
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and is induced by indigenous yeasts. The process concludes with a maceration period of 10-15 days. Following malolactic conversion, which takes place in December, the wine spends 12 months in barrique (50% new; 50% second passage) followed by at least 12 more months in large casks of 25HL.
This is a silky-smooth Barolo that shows great aromatic complexity. Aromas of ripe red cherries, dried roses, red licorice, and cloves combine with notes of tobacco and earth. On the palate, this wine is richly tannic with a long, pleasant finish.
Pair this wine with elegant red meat dishes like Châteaubriands or filet mignon medallions with crabmeat béchamel sauce.
Type of oak: French
Length of aging before bottling: 30 months
Length of bottle aging: 12 months
Alcohol: 14.0 %
pH level: 3.6
Residual sugar: 0.0 g/L
Acidity: 6.2 g/L
The 2010 Barolo Brunate takes Nebbiolo intensity up a notch thanks to the utter purity and generosity of the bouquet. The wine is aged in French oak, of which 20% is new and 80% is neutral. Always a powerhouse cru, fruit from Brunate tends to be darker and thicker in concentration. This is certainly the case here and you can feel that extra tannic bite on the close. Evolving aromas include white peppercorn, licorice, chopped mint and crushed granite or flint. This is a gorgeous effort. Drink: 2017-2030. - Robert Parker 95 Points
Ceretto's 2010 Barolo Brunate is strikingly beautiful. Silky and polished to the core, the 2010 graces the palate with exquisite finesse and gorgeous textural balance. Dark red cherries, plums, spices, tobacco and menthol all flesh out in the glass. This is a decidedly polished, resonant Brunate Barolo. Crushed flowers, spices and mint wrap around the finish. There is a level of pure density in the glass that is striking, but the full Brunate signatures are going to take time to fully blossom. -- Antonio Galloni 95 Points
Medium red. Highly nuanced nose combines red berries, mocha, underbrush, brown spices and white truffle. Suave, fine-grained and seamless if youthfully tight; a lovely juicy midweight that's more about perfume than weight today. The very long, subtly rising finish shows a whiplash of fruits and flowers. I picked up an exhilarating suggestion of blood orange. Classy wine for the cellar. -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Points
Elegant and intense, boasting cherry, currant and strawberry notes accented by licorice, tobacco and woodsy spice details. Shows a chalky texture, well-integrated tannins and a hint of licorice on the long finish. Taut and linear. Best from 2017 through 2029. 500 cases made. –BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points