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Tenuta Cucco

Tenuta Cucco
2012 Cerrati Vigna Cucco, Barolo Riserva DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Piedmont Barolo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$98
Cellar Selection

Tenuta Cucco
2012 Cerrati Vigna Cucco, Barolo Riserva DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Piedmont Barolo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet plaster, anise biscotti, brandied raisins and dried berries, and honeysuckle and apricot with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, long finish with nuances of pomegranate and tomato relish, delicate floral herbs, earth, and cedar with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and vibrant, highly structured old-school Barolo that is built to last.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Old World, Savory, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: wet plaster, anise biscotti, brandied raisins and dried berries, and honeysuckle and apricot
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of pomegranate and tomato relish, delicate floral herbs, earth, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bone In Ribeye Steak With A White Pepper Demi-Glaze Sauce, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and vibrant, highly structured old-school Barolo that is built to last.

The Producer

Tenuta Cucco Azienda Agricola

The Producer
Via Mazzini 10
Serralunga d’Alba, 12050
Italy
39 -173613003

Piedmont Barolo

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Barolo, known as "the king of wines, the wine of kings", is one of the greatest red wines in the world. It is produced exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape from eleven communes in the province of Cuneo in Italy's Piedmont region. One of those communes is Barolo itself, for which the wine is named.

Barolo is an extremely long-lived wine due to its structure- the wine is made from the oldest and best situated vineyards - as well as the tannins from the Nebbiolo grape. Forty or fifty years is not unreasonable for a Barolo from the best producers in the finest vintages, but even a lighter Barolo drinks well for ten to twelve years.

Barolo has famously been described as having flavors of tar and roses; this is often true. There are also flavors of dried cherry or wild strawberry along with notes of cedar, orange peel and sage. Older Barolos take on a balsamic note.

Pair these wines with rich red meats, roasts and aged cheeses.

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