Barolo DOCG 2011

With the 2010 vintage of Barbaresco, the name on the label of Barolo Zonchera was simplified to 'Barolo'. Zonchera was created as the first Barolo of the house of Ceretto. The majority of the fruit came, at that time, from the Zonchetta vineyard in La Morra.  Zonchera was considered Ceretto's top Barolo until the 70s, when Bruno and Marcello decided to invest in prestigious single-vineyards and began to purchase the first hectares of vines. From that point forward, Zonchera became the second wine of Ceretto's Barolo offerings. The grapes are sourced from multiple vineyards across the appellation, as was common before the movement to single-vineyard bottlings. Ceretto Barolo DOCG is a classic wine, intended to be like those from the turn of the century, when the concept of 'cru' was totally unknown to the region's winemakers. Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, the wine is aged for 30 months in both large and small barrels to round and soften the tannins in the wine.

Tasting Notes

This is a classic Barolo - light garnet in color with Barolo's quintessential aromas of roses, tart cherries, and hints of truffles.  Ceretto's Barolo DOCG is extraordinarily approachable now, but it will continue to reward the patient wine drinker as it evolves over the course of several years. 

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with grilled steaks, Lyonnaise sauces, duck confit, and beef negimaki entrées. 

Production Info
Vineyard size
20 acres
Soil composition
Clay-Loam
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
759-891 feet
Vines/acre
1,920
Yield/acre
3 tons
Exposure
Eastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1971
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1962
Bottles produced of this wine
40,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Nebbiolo
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-Eight years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14-15 days
Fermentation temperature
72-82 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown
Maceration length
15-25
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
300 L and 25 HL
Type of oak
French and Austrian
Length of aging before bottling
30 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
0 g/L
Acidity
5.9 g/L
Dry extract
29.7 g/L

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