Cerretta is one of my personal favorite growing sites in Serralunga d'Alba, thanks to that more pronounced mineral signature of rusty nail or crushed stone that comes into plain view. White marl soils cover reddish clay not too far under the surface. Those territorial markers are especially well defined in this classic vintage. The Luigi Baudana 2016 Barolo Cerretta unfolds slowly in the glass to reveal orange peel, blue flower and camphor ash. There is generous black fruit in there as well, carefully woven into the greater texture of the wine. The tannins are accessible and integrated, and that's an important fact to know when measuring the wine's drinking window. You could age it longer or even contemplate a cork-popping in the not-so-distant future (say after 2025). I love the lingering linearity of this 3,000-bottle production.
96 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
Giuseppe Vaira has been making the wines at this small Serralunga estate since 2008, and his 2016s are particularly impressive. Cerretta opens with fresh floral scents that lead into flavors of red cherry and plum, the deep fruit tones almost crunchy in their ripeness, layered with notes of menthol and orange peel. Cool acidity drives the long, harmonious finish. Already well integrated, this will reward patience to allow the firm tannins to soften.
96 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)
The 2016 Barolo Cerretta is dark, virile and imposing. Black cherry, lavender, scorched earth, cloves, leather and a range of balsamic notes give the Cerretta its somber, virile feel. Ample and powerful yet also medium in body, the Cerretta captures so much of what makes Nebbiolo so captivating, specifically the ability for a wine to constantly transform in the glass.
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)
This is perfumed, featuring graphite, white pepper and underbrush aromas, with a core of cherry and currant flavors. Elegant and linear, with firm tannins giving support on the finish, showing fine balance and length. Best from 2023 through 2043. 250 cases made.
95 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)
This full-bodied firmly structured wine opens with aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, rose petal, new leather and eucalyptus. Showing its Serralunga pedigree, it features tightly wound, noble tannins that provide assertive but seamless support for juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, tobacco and licorice before a minty close. Give it time to fully develop. Drink 2026–2046.
95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2020)