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Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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2004 Ettore Germano Barolo Cerretta (750ml)

The village of Serralunga is on the south-east edge of the Barolo appellation. A medieval fortified tower dominates the village, giving fair warning of the character of these wines: structured, substantial, uncompromising.

The Germano winery is a few hundred yards north of Serralunga. Sergio Germano is typical of the new generation of producers in the Langhe; after completing six years of study at the school of Enology in Alba he made wine for a few years at Fontanafredda, one of the largest wineries in the area, before returning to the family winery in 1993.

My ideal producer in a traditional appellation such as Barolo has the modern, scientific understanding of winemaking that his forebears lacked, while still respecting the traditions that they developed. Sergio certainly has that new knowledge and is ready to use brand-new techniques such as micro-oxygenation and must-concentration if he thinks they will make better wine. He also has respect for the style of wine made by his father; hence his Serralunga Barolo will never be a creamy, international-style wine.

Prapó and Ceretta are Sergio's two single vineyard barolos. The Prapó vineyard, .7 hectares planted in 1967, is just beneath the winery and the Ceretta vineyard, 2 hectares planted in 1978, is just up the 'Ceretta' hill to the east, a short tractor ride away. They are both south-facing. Usually the Ceretta is a bit bigger, and the Prapo more feminine; both age well, and I cellar both. This illustrates the similarity between Burgundy and Barolo, in that you can compare the terroir of different vineyard sites, vinified by the same person. The '04's are both outstanding. Oliver McCrum Importer

92 points Wine Advocate:
-The 2004 Barolo Cerretta possesses an extra dimension of fruit and sheer volume than the Prapo. This weighty, backward Barolo bursts from the glass with ripe dark fruit, menthol, French oak and licorice in an expansive, generous style. The wine finishes with superb elegance and lingering notes of sweetness. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Antonio Galloni


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