Ceretto Prapo Barolo DOCG 2019


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Piedmont, Italy
97 points




The winery at Castiglione Falletto was built in 1982 and was created to vinify grapes coming from the finest vineyards of the Barolo denomination. It was extended in 2000, with the construction of the futuristic glass Cube, which provides a perfectly integrated contrast of modern design against the profile of the hills that surround it. Bricco Rocche is the home for vinifying and aging some of the most prestigious crus of the region, as well as that of its namesake: Brunate from La Morra, Prapò from Serralunga d’Alba, and Cannubi San Lorenzo from Barolo.

This wine takes its name from the prestigious Prapò vineyard which was one of the first properties owned by the Ceretto family in Barolo. This vineyard has one of the best exposures on the eastern slopes of Serralunga d'Alba, a world-renowned commune within Barolo. The soils have a high percentage of silt and clay which means the wines produced have a distinct and rare punchiness. Ceretto owns 2.4 hectares (of the 8.5 hectares of the total sub-zone) with a high average age of the vines, planted in the '70s.

Barolo Prapò comes from Serralunga d'Alba and is, as expected, the most powerful and structured of the various single-vineyard wines from this ambitious winery. At the same time, it is also the most closed off at the beginning and, with its introverted nature, made for a long maturing period. This site is one of the last where the grapes ripen, so they have plenty of time to develop slowly and carefully each year.


97 points
Wine Advocate

The organic Ceretto 2019 Barolo Prapò, with fruit sourced from Serralunga d'Alba, is a natural addition to a portfolio of wines representing some of the appellation's best cru sites. This wine shows the particular power and fruit concentration for which this site is known, and also a nice touch of sweetness with dried cherries and raspberries softening the mineral tones and ferruginous flavours. This wine manages the balancing act between power and elegance - no easy feat


Intense ruby with a light garnet rim. Shows notes of black tea, some truffle, then lots of raspberry. Full-bodied and dense on the palate, shows a lot of present tannin, is very well integrated, after plums and raspberry, fine melting in the final.


The 2019 Barolo Prapò is probably the finest Prapò I have ever tasted from Ceretto. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal, menthol, liquorice and spice are all enhanced in this broad, explosive Barolo. A tremendous kick of Serralunga acidity and tannin underscores the finish.


Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
2025 - 2050
Food pairing
Aged cheese and duck ragout

Tasting Profile

The wine presents itself with a bright, medium-bodied ruby garnet hue. On the nose, it reveals a captivating potpourri of floral and spicy notes, accompanied by hints of peach and strawberry. The aromatic profile is intricate and engaging, with a graceful combination of violets, cinnamon, almost sage, and blood orange contributing to its elegance. The fragrance invites anticipation of a refined and nuanced tasting experience.
As the wine unfolds on the palate, it exhibits a very firm structure, initially marked by sinewy Serralunga tannins. Notes of iron, savory elements, menthol, licorice, lavender, preserved dark cherries, and dried blackberries contribute to the wine's complexity. With further aeration, a thrilling round and full mouthfeel emerge, showcasing a precise Nebbiolo style that brings joy to the senses. Despite its current intensity, patience is recommended for this exceptional Barolo, as it promises even greater rewards with additional years of bottle aging. The texture is soft and velvety, offering a medium to full body that is open and juicy, featuring strawberry and cherry characters, potpourri, sandalwood, and roses. While already attractive and flattering on the palate, the recommendation is to wait until after 2026 for optimal enjoyment.

Ceretto Prapo Barolo DOCG 2019

Ceretto Prapo Barolo DOCG 2019

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