Surprisingly unevolved and young. Very primary and plummy, no secondaries. I thought this would have shown more development. Very balanced, not tannic, but still needs time. With Nicos, at the White Farmhouse, Dunbeath, the Highlands, Scotland.
Almost five years, to the day, since my last bottle (on the Disney Cruise, August 2008), but I opened this one tonight to compare/contrast with last night's 2001 G. Rosso Barolo Serralunga. This '01 Cerretta is more structured, with tart cranberry, raspberry tea and more tannins still present, along with a drier, tea like mouthfeel. This can still be cellared longer . . . which is also how I compared the Serralunga to the Cerretta five years ago. At Compo Beach with Abbey.
another bottle, same experience. Undrinkable out of the bottle, ok after an hour, but still tight/tannic on the finish, and just starting to show some quality at 2 hours. I need to leave these alone for several more years - they're either be great or vinegar, but wishing them to be drinkable at ten years with a little air seems to be a waste.
pretty rough out of the bottle - almost undrinkable. 90 minutes later, pretty good, then at 2 hours, really hit its stride. Lost all the edge up front and the rough tannins on the finish. Smoothed out beautifully and showed great depth and complexity. Had been drinking the 2000's for several years and really enjoyed them - wondered how the 2001's could have gone so wrong the first few bottles I'd tried of this. But in another few years, I think the 2001's will be better - just needs more time.
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