A great piece on the love affair to be had with Barolo and Barbarseco. Taken from the February issue of The Australian WISH magazine, written by Angus Hughson.

ROSE petal, tea and pot pourri are among the aromatic hallmarks of the gutsy wines from the famed towns of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Every winelover has their weakness, a grape, a style, a vintage or a place that, whatever the mood, can lift them into a world of sensory bliss…

See attachment for full article, the three reviews accompanying the article are below.

Ceretto Bricco Asili Barbaresco 2007

An absolute stand-out with intense aromatics of fresh tar, pot pourri and tea with dark fruit flavours. Firm, pure and dry in the mouth, it is quite silky for the style yet still shows characteristic nebbiolo grip. A superb drink now but will continue to improve over the next 10 years at least.

Ceretto Bernardina Nebbiolo d’Alba 2008

Very approachable nebbiolo showing pretty varietal aromatics without quite the usual grip. Bright red fruits lifted by tar and tea with a mid-weight palate finishing fresh and vibrant.

Ceretto Bricco Roche Barolo 2007

Ceretto may be a modern Barolo producer but that doesn’t leave the top barolos shy of structure. Despite its core of sweet fruit, this is also a tannic beast built for long ageing. Lifted tarry, rose-petal aromatics are followed by an almost surprisingly dense palate packed with tannins, fresh acidity and superb length. A wine that needs time.

Wish Feb 2012 PDF