2010 Ceretto "Prapo" Barolo (Pre-Arrival)
96+ The 2010 Barolo Prapò is one of the most beautiful young Barolos I have tasted from Ceretto in a long time. Deep, layered and beautifully expressive, yet also mysterious, the 2010 exudes class and that warm, Serralunga resonance that is unique to the Barolos of the village. Sage, roasted coffee beans, licorice and new leather are some of the notes that emerge over time, all framed by firm, muscular tannins that suggest a long life lies ahead. Today, the 2010 Prapò is majestic. It also has plenty of room to grow from here.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(this is Ceretto's highest Barolo vineyard, at 310 meters): Good medium red. Strawberry, mocha and truffley underbrush on the nose, complicated by flinty minerality. Less floral and scented than the Brunate but ripe and firm in the mouth, with raspberry and smoke flavors complicated by sexy earth tones. Finishes with substantial tongue-coating, ripe tannins. 91(+?)
Pre-arrival - the wines won't be released at the winery until September 2014.