Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 1997
The 1997 Barolo Brunate displays an evolved dark garnet color with an amber edge. However, in the mouth, it is dense, full-bodied, moderately tannic, structured, and backward with plenty of power, concentration, and youthfulness. Despite the evolved color, this wine needs another 1-2 years of cellaring, and should age well for 16-18+ years.
Ruby-garnet. Rich aromas of strawberry, dried porcini and leather. Full-bodied, with sweet, ripe fruit and a licorice and floral finish.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Drink now. 2,930 cases made.
This wine from Ceretto shows the hallmarks of the 1997 vintage in Piedmont: ultraripe fruit and ample alcohol. Starts off with leathery, cedary aromas that quickly recede beneath huge, mouth-filling flavors of brandied fruitcake, candied fruit and dried spices. Firm tannins mark this as age worthy, but the nearly overblown quality of the fruit makes it approachable now.