Barolo DOCG 2011

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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. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Barolo DOCG
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Clay-Loam
Training method:
Guyot
Elevation:
759-891 feet
Vines/acre:
1,920
Yield/acre:
3.0 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
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14-15 days
Fermentation temperature:
72-82 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown
Length of maceration:
15-25 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques and Barrels
Size of aging container:
300 L and 25 HL
Age of aging container:
New-Eight years
Type of oak:
French and Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
30 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
15.0 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
0.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.9 g/L
Dry extract:
29.7 g/L

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