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Michele Chiarlo Cerequio Riserva 2013

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Winemaker Notes

Bright garnet with light orange hues. Rich and powerful at first, but extremely elegant with a texture of silky, enveloping tannins; great harmony and long-tasting flavor. On the nose, the wine is complex and intense with great charm, with balsamic notes, violet, small black fruits, truffle and fine spices.

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
Rose, crushed mint, red berry and baking spice aromas shape the nose on this fragrant red. Seamlessly combining structure and finesse, the focused palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, pomegranate, licorice and menthol alongside firm, fine-grained tannins while fresh acidity keeps it balanced. It's still youthfully austere and promises excellent aging potential. Drink 2023–2043.
D 95
Controlling 120 hectares across Piedmont, Chiarlo produces many wines, including a great Cerequio from La Morra. The scarce Riserva comes from a 0.9ha parcel, aged initially in tonneaux and then in casks. The nose is robust with cherry and rose-petal aromas, and just a hint of boiled sweets. Bright and limpid, this has charm and elegance rather than great weight and concentration. It's still tight thanks to good acidity, and the structure is deceptively discreet. Elegant, poised and polished, this is a well balanced and persistent Riserva.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Here is a special late-release Riserva from Michele Chiarlo. The 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerequio is a big wine that reveals extra tight tannins and concentrated richness that permeates its substantial textural fiber. Dark fruit aromas come forth with blackberry and dried cherry backed by spice, leather, tar and campfire ash. The wine shows the concentration and density of extended oak aging with tannins that feel sharp, young and astringent at this stage. This wine requires more cellar aging before it softens and finds better integration.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Aromas of leather, menthol, wild rosemary and tar segue to flavors of plum, cherry and earth in this red. It concludes with a matrix of dense tannins that leave a tight, compact finish. This shows complexity and depth, so be patient. Best from 2023 through 2045.
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The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.

At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable capital investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.

In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.

Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry.

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.

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The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

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