1997 Ceretto "Bricco Rocche Brunate" Barolo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (Web 2000)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very good full red. Complex aromas of smoke, mocha, flowers and mint. Sweet, smooth and dense, but given shape by penetrating vinosity. Enticing hint of amaretto. Finishes with substantial dusty, spreading tannins.
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.