Ceretto Zonchera Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

The Ceretto Zonchera Barolo from one of Italy’s finest producers is a good entry level Barolo. I think if you want to know if you like Nebbiolo, here is the place to start. Vintage after vintage the Zonchera consistently brings the aromas and flavors one should experience when consuming a Barolo. Aromas of the Ceretto Zonchera Barolo start with Dutch cocoa, cherry, a slight hint of anise and a good dose of vanilla from the barrel regimen. The wine spends 24 months in French oak 50% of it being new then has an additional 12 months of bottle aging. The barrel time adds a smooth vanilla quality to the flavor profile that also exhibits red berries, mocha, baking spices and licorice. The tannins are balanced and the finish is pleasing, medium long and intriguing enough to bring you back for more.

Rating: Very Good (87) | $40 | 14.5% ABV