Robert Parker: The entry-level 2009 Barolo Zonchera is engineered to appeal to those (including many foreign consumers) who show less appreciation for the astringent tannin and general austerity of Barolo. In fact, this is a soft and velvety wine that appears even plumper in this warm vintage. Bright cherry is followed by mocha, cedar, espresso and tobacco that are delicious for near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
A dry full-bodied, red wine, Zonchera displays the rich flavor and heady bouquet characteristic of a quality Barolo. Originating in the vineyards of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy, Barolo is among Italy's finest red wines. Barolo Zonchera from Ceretto, a leading Piedmontese wine producer, is softer, rounder and more supple than traditional Barolos.
|Wine Spectator: Ample flesh and spicearomas and flavors lead in this red, with cherry, strawberry, tea and tobacco notes lending support. Balanced toward the tannins, with elevated alcohol and fine length. Best from 2016 through 2027. 5,416 cases made.
|For more than 80 years the Ceretto family has been making wine in Piedmontís Langhe.
The family is most well known for producing coveted single-vineyard estate grown
Nebbiolo wines and high-quality Arneis and Moscato. Their wine production covers seven separate estates, while an eighth (I Vignaiolo di Santo Stefano) is co-owned along with two other growers. The Cerettos were the first producers in Piedmont to use stainless steel for
fermenting red wine and adopted other modern techniques, including temperature control
for fermentation, reduced maceration times and new oak aging. When Ceretto produced its first Arneis, only 74 acres of this grape were planted in the region. Today there are more than 1,200 acres planted to Arneis. The Ceretto Arneis is considered the benchmark and
one in every five bottles of Arneis produced in Piedmont bears the Blange label.