The nose is robust with cherry and rose-petal aromas, and just a hint of boiled sweets. Bright and limpid, this has charm and elegance rather than great weight and concentration. The structure is deceptively discreet. Elegant, poised and polished, this is a well balanced and persistent Riserva.
Aromas of leather, menthol, wild rosemary and tar segue to flavors of plum, cherry and earth in this red. It concludes with a matrix of dense tannins that leave a tight, compact finish.
Here is a special late-release Riserva from Michele Chiarlo. The 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerequio is a big wine that reveals extra tight tannins and concentrated richness that permeates its substantial textural fiber. Dark fruit aromas come forth with blackberry and dried cherry backed by spice, leather, tar and campfire ash. The wine shows the concentration and density of extended oak aging.
The 2013 Barolo Riserva Cerequio is a potent wine. A blast of dark fruit, licorice, spice, menthol, new leather, pine and chocolate infuses the 2013 with quite a bit of character. This is an especially concentrated style, with a lot of tannin, and yet it all comes together. There is some oak influence and that also means the 2013 is starting to show the first signs of aromatic and flavor maturity. I would drink it over the next decade or so.