Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio 2016
96+ points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2020
The 2016 Barolo Cerequio is born in the vineyard cru that best represents the excellent winemaking efforts of the Michele Chiarlo team. The estate owns a beautiful boutique hotel and restaurant in the middle of the vineyard and fittingly uses this spot for most public functions. This is a terrific expression, showing the power and balance of the vintage with pretty accents of wild fruit, rose and dark earth that render volume and intensity to the wine's overall performance.
The Michele Chiarlo team has recently acquired two new vineyards totaling 10 hectares in the Nizza appellation in Monferrato. The Barbera grape has always been championed by father Michele and his son Stefano. The Chiarlo family owns a total of 20 hectares, and these newest additions include sites in Montemareto (with 2.5 hectares in Castelnuovo Calcea) and Moncucco Cavino (with 7.5 hectares in Mombercelli). Nizza earned DOCG status in 2014.