The 2008 Baudana Barolo Cerretta is a stunning and strikingly beautiful wine with power, presence and length all wrapped in silky elegance and refinement, this is glorious stuff made by the talented hands of Giuseppe Vajra, known for his exceptional G.D. Vajra wines as well. The Cerretta is from the Serralunga d’ Alba Barolo zone, this area provides density and gravity from the fossiled Marl, limestone and sandstone, this plot is not far from the historic Falletto and Lazzarito crus and produces wines of distinction, grace and longevity. The 2008 Cerretta shows red fruits, spice, herbs and a firm wall of tannin along with bright acidity and fullness of body starting with dried rose petals, hints of violets and tea spice before a mouth coating of raspberry, damson plum, cherry and strawberry fruits. There is plenty of classic earth, truffle, tar, mineral tones, chalky stones and black melted licorice to remind you of the terroir and Nebbiolo character, this is deep and complex Barolo and it should only get better with another 3 to 5 years in bottle, even though it is surprisingly supple with air and artfully done, drinking lovely now, it deserves a touch more time to reveal everything it has. This gorgeous Barolo has loads of potential and is sublimely crafted by one of the latest generations rising talents and artisans, be sure to keep your eyes on this and the G.D. Vajra labels, these are the real deal.
94 pts, grapelive.com, March 2014