Barolo 2016 Cerretta Giovanni Rosso

Piemonte is only a few hours drive away from here but under the lockdown conditions, a visit is currently off-limits. It was a pleasure to receive these wines in 2020 and they have been delayed in posting due to the chaos of relocating here. It is a real pleasure to post these now with some thoughts for local food from here in Liguria.

Tasting these superb wines by Giovanni Rosso there is an incredibly alluring character to these wines with layers of complexity. They are fantastically charming.


All 3 wines are made from Nebbiolo grapes grown and vinified in concrete tanks and aged in French oak barrels from the Forest of Fontainebleau for between 18-36 months.

2016 Barolo DOCG del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba

barolo serralunga d alba giovanni rosso

A soft translucent red colour. The bouquet is strikingly vibrant with a perfume of cherry, plum, rose petals, cloves and worn leather. A really alluring first encounter. The intensity of flavour tasting is laid out against the structured firm tannin. Gorgeous in youth!

This would go so well with Ligurian wild boar served with pulses and rustic Catalonia leaves. 

2016 Barolo DOCG Serra

barolo serra giovanni rosso 2016

Take a little time to open up before giving way to wild floral and forest fruit and sour cherry aromas. A little more time again and the Serra reveals raspberry, violet and coffee. 

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To taste there is rich intense dark berry/cherry fruit, a subtle polish adding to the complexity, long retained intensity with grippy tannin. Serious wine in youth showing clear signs of a fabulous drinking future.

2016 Cerretta Barolo DOCG 

An alluring pure and translucent ruby appearance. A little tough at the outset but the scent of a lovely perfume grows of rose and violet and burst of ripe fruit, cherry and berry-ness.These sensations transpose onto the palate, supported by great tannic structure with power and elegance combined. Richly attractive. 

The other great local meat they serve here is coniglio (rabbit) that is caught wild in the hills behind and served with polenta and in my case, lots of steamed spinach. Very rustic but would parry well. 


Available in the UK from Berry Bros.



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