A 'masterpiece' is how our friend, one of London's top sommeliers, who is one the 'Barolo Boys', describes the 'Cerretta'. I completely go along with that. It feels so Grand Cru - like the finest Burgundy, Barolo or Brunello - in the way it just floats, with finesse, and elegance and grace. It's just there in its beauty. It needs no make up. It has been awarded the coveted tre biccheri (3 glasses) in the Slow Food Guide, and been named as one of Italy’s top 100 wines, but it’s still very early days, and few people know it, so the value is brilliant, but even better, we can actually get hold of some. The same wine from Conterno is around £260 a bottle.
It's thanks to our dear friend Nelson Pari that we have to thank for the introduction to Garesio. These are Barolo for the ages. These are like fine, restrained Burgundies, that at first nosing and taste, you could miss, but give them the time they need, and they are glorious, with the classical Serralunga terroir nose of roses and minerals. Sharing vineyards with Giacomo Conterno and Altare, their cellar is located between their two cru sites, Ceretta and Gianetto. They farm organically, but as the sites both border non-organic neighbouring vineyards, they do not declare it. All wines are vinifed and aged in the same way so as to best express their identity and terroir.