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2005 Ceretto Barbaresco Asij


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barbaresco
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CT88.8 11 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • WMWG Does not like this wine: 76 points

    December 15, 2016 - What is it with these guys and the oak? In the nose this shows some nice barbaresco notes, dried black cherry, leather, menthol, and flora. The palate leans toward richer with a vanilla/ creamy round note brought on by oak that subdues what could otherwise be a striking or sharp profile. The oak manages to leave some grainy residue on the backside that is drying and seems to hollow things out. There are some dried cherry and cigar flavors on the palate; on their own they are very pretty. Some cheese would probably help this along, but on its own this struggles to get past its oak treatment. Despite my harsh words, I do get a good sense of Asij from this bottle, it's just that the oak is a constant reminder of... er... the oak. Did I mention it's oaky?

    Below average

  • KeithAkers wrote: 90 points

    January 27, 2015 - Nose: There is a touch of wood from the outset, but that then takes a back seat with dark red cherries, violets, mint, roasted herbs, licorice, and a touch of leather tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity and silky tannins. The structure is still quite there with dark red fruits, mint, licorice, leather, and a small bit of smoke.

    Overall: This can certainly go longer, but this was pretty tasty from pop n pour. The oak blows off with some swirling and air, but it is in the distinct background the whole way through.

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  • la dut Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 20, 2012 - After 24 hours of this bottle being opened, albeit vacuum corked in the refrigerator for most of it, I decided to take new notes, as the wine hardly had enough time to aerate when I first tasted it.

    Same beautiful color, though it appears much more viscous, with very thick legs. I have it at around 65*F, the same as yesterday's tasting.

    The nose is decidedly much more heavy on the fruit, exploding with luscious ripe fig, blackberry, black raspberry, and a little blueberry and strawberry on the back end. Licorice, oak stave, and wet leaves round it out, making for an interesting and nuanced nose.

    Still a monster of a wine, the tannins have come into balance with it's clean acidity and raspberry/blackberry/calimyrna fig front and midpalate. It is soft and viscous, and slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue before the powerful, grippy tannins take hold. A little vanilla, some button mushroom, cedar, glazed ham (a most unusual and novel flavor for me in a wine), and sweet licorice take over and comprise the pleasantly clean, somewhat brief finish.

    Quite the impressive wine once it gets a chance to come to. Food definitely helps tame this beast. I actually sipped on it with some boiled peas with olive oil and it worked quite well.

  • la dut wrote: 89 points

    February 19, 2012 - My first Barbaresco, and my first Nebbiolo. Allowed to breathe for 1 hour prior to drinking.

    Surprisingly light in color: pale garnet with hints of caramel brown, and long, thin legs. I always heard of dark, nearly black wines from this region.

    The nose is a little subdued: The classic "tar" aroma I keep reading about is very faint. Smokey, dusty, and downright woody notes are most prevalent, with hints of soy sauce and dried flowers, but also fig, black raspberry, and perhaps other dark fruit.

    For being as light in color as it is, it's very tannic: a good, full body with grippy, almost adhesive qualities, with good acidity; which on it's own is fine, but is intense in combination with the tannins. Dark cherry and raspberry, soil and woody licorice notes, finishing with slight licorice and sawdust.

    A most unusual and intriguing wine. 7 years is not near long enough for this baby to age. Would go well with very dark, rich meaty dishes, but would overpower most anything else.

  • Traxx wrote:

    November 30, 2011 - Meh

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ceretto
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation Asij
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Langhe
  • Appellation Barbaresco
  • UPC Codes 081753550233, 720815260733, 8033254930221, 8034013330207

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 42 (44%)
  • Consumed 54 (56%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

olive oil, parsley, Peas, tarragon

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