2008 Barolo Cerequio Roberto Voerzio

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£105.00 DP

Average critic rating : 96.25 points



The 2008 Barolo Cerequio comes across as dark, powerful and rich. Black cherries, leather, spices, licorice and tar are some of the nuances that take shape in this intense Cerequio. Here, too, the flavors are dark and brooding. With time in the glass, the Cerequio turns suave, polished and elegant, all qualities that are typical of this site, but the 2008 never fully drops its sheer muscle. The 2008 remains big, powerful and structured. A finessed finish covers every inch of the palate with small bursts of energetic dark red fruit. This is another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Roberto and Davide Voerzio. Little of the early appeal and sensuality that is typical of Cerequio is to be found in the 2008, so readers will have to be patient. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. ||These wines from Roberto and Davide Voerzio represent a significant turning point stylistically. This is the first year in which most of the Baroli were aged partly in cask and partly in barrel, the same approach the estate used for its early wines, up to and including the 1993 vintage. The 2008s spent their first year in equal parts cask and barrique, and a second year in French oak barrels, just 20% new, a major change over the recent past. The exceptions are the Baroli Voerzio bottled only in magnums (Sarmassa and Vecchie Viti dei Capalot e delle Brunate), which were aged exclusively in French oak because of the tiny quantities of those wines. Roberto Voerzio describes 2008 as a year that was cold from start to finish. The wines are huge, tannic and likely to require quite a bit of patience. With time, though, the pedigree of the great Barolo vineyards simply can’t be denied. The best of Voerzio’s 2008s are pure magic.||A Leonardo Lo Cascio Selection, Winebow, Montvale, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620 Wine Advocate.April, 2012



The 2008 Barolo Cerequio (from cask) is just classic Cerequio. Floral red berries waft from the glass as this captivating, ethereal Barolo shows off its pedigree and class. This is a highly promising Barolo. Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar # 0310 Mar 2010

Roberto Voerzio: The Importance

Described by Robert Parker as “one of the most fanatical producers I have ever met”, Roberto Voerzio has been creating a range of wines in his unique style from the best sites of La Morra in Piemonte since the 1980s.


Voerzio places quality above all else at his estate. He ensures this in the vineyard by planting at extremely high densities, with green harvesting, pruning and leaf thinning all being practiced in the vineyard, the combination of which leads to the lowest yields in all of the region, about half the yield necessary for what would be considered an exceptional quality wine. If he does not deem the quality of one of his wines to meet his strict standards in a particular vintage, he will not release it at all, choosing to prioritise quality over financial returns. This was the case in 2003 when some of the wines did not complete fermentation and he chose not to release them, resulting in no Barolo La Serra or Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata being produced in this vintage.


Roberto Voerzio: The Insight

Certain elements of Voerzio’s style – such as the lighter, less powerfully tannic nature of his wines and his use of small French oak barriques – has led some to consider him to be a modern winemaker. However, Voerzio often remains loyal to traditional methods, such as macerating his grapes for approximately 15 days. The 2007 was also the last vintage where all the wine was aged exclusively in French oak barriques, and since 2008, Voerzio has returned to the more traditional ageing method that he had used up until 1993, which was to age his wine in equal parts cask and French oak. Despite the debate as to whether Voerzio’s style is more traditional or modern, Parker believes that Voerzio’s wine is “pure and expressive in a style that is neither modern nor traditional, these are wines that reflect the highly individual style of their maker as well as the profound voice of La Morra’s finest sites.”


The estate owns or manages about 8.5 hectares of vineyards in some of the most respected single vineyard sites in La Morra including Brunate, Cerequio, Capalot and La Serra which are all sourced to produce single vineyard Barolo’s, along with two Barbera d’Alba’s, a Dolcetto d’Alba, a Langhe Merlot and a Langhe Nebbiolo.


Antonio Galloni rates the 2010 Barolo Cerequio 99 points and writes that it “is a stunner. Deep, layered and absolutely impeccable, the 2010 wraps around the palate with serious intensity and never lets up. In 2010 the Cerequio is surprisingly powerful, with darker tonalities of fruit and more spice notes than normal. The sweet, silky Cerequio tannins are there, but there is a volume and breadth in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. This is a breathtaking Barolo from Roberto and Davide Voerzio.


Of the 2012 Barolo Sarmassa which he rates at 99 points, James Suckling writes that it “possesses terrific aromas of pure strawberries and orange peel. Spanish-cedar undertones. Full body and a perfect balance of ripe fruit, hints of lemon and orange peel. Undertones of milk chocolate. Vibrant finish.”


Voerzio’s other wines are extremely highly regarded especially his Barbera which is likely the most highly regarded in the region. Antonio Galloni awarded the 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo dell’Annunziata 95 points, writing: “The 2004 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Pozzo dell’Annunziata (from magnum) explodes from the glass with layers of vibrant black cherries, plums, violets, smoke, minerals and sweet toasted oak. It is a restrained, cool Barbera Pozzo, yet it offers outstanding purity of expression, with silky, finessed tannins that caress the palate in an extraordinary display of elegance that transcends varietal. Voerzio also opened a bottle of the 2003, which he prefers, for comparison. It may be the more pleasurable wine today, but the 2004 is a notch or two above when it comes to potential. The 2004 saw 16 months of oak versus the 2003, which spent two years in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019.


Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.


Roberto Voerzio: The Background

The estate was formed in the 1980’s when Roberto inherited 5 hectares of his fathers’s vineyards. His brother Gianni also makes wine nearby, although in a more traditional style. The estate is now run by Roberto and his son Davide.

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