Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 2012
- JS97, VAG95
This is a very perfumed red with cherry, strawberry and rose petal aromas that follow through to a full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Pretty and energetic acidity gives focus and backbone to the wine. So delicious already but better in 2021. - JS97
The 2012 Barolo Cerequio is arguably the most complete of these wines, as it brings together aromatic complexity, dense fruit and fabulous balance. All the elements flesh out in a rich, sumptuous Barolo endowed with real power and depth, yet there is plenty of the nuance that distinguishes Cerequio. There are a number of terrific wines in this lineup, but the Cerequio is the wine that seems to be the most dialed in today. With time in the glass, the intensity of both fruit and tannin simply continues to blossom. - VAG95
Roberto Voerzio is one of the most acclaimed wine producers in Piedmont. His Barolo wines are highly prized at auction, and are known for being ripe, rich, and less tannic and oaky than many other examples of the famous appellation.
The estate owns or manages 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of vineyards around La Morra, with high planting densities producing tiny yields. There are six different parcels of in a range of Barolo crus: Brunate, Cerequio, Capalot, La Serra, Pozzo dell'Anunziata and Sarmassa di Barolo, which are all sources for individual cuvées.
In addition, 2013 saw the release of the first vintage – the 2003 – of the Fossati Case Nere 10 Anni Riserva. The portfolio is completed by two leading Barbera d'Alba wines (including the benchmark Vignasse), a Dolcetto d'Alba, a Langhe Merlot, and a Langhe Nebbiolo.
Roberto Voerzio is regarded as an arch modernist, but this is more evident in the style of the finished wine rather than the methodology behind it. Macerations are typically 15 days, which fits into the traditionalist camp and, although Voerzio currently uses small barriques for aging, he has stated a desire to return to his previous practice of combining barriques with larger oak casks.
The estate was formed in the 1980s when Roberto inherited five hectares (12.5 acres) of his father's vineyards. His brother Gianni makes wine a few hundred meters away. - Information from Wine Searcher