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It’s a Fine Time to Pop the Pork on these 2010 Releases

Michele Chiarlo Cerequio Barolo Riserva DOCG 2010


Produced only in stellar years, the Cerequio Barolo comes from the oldest (1972) and smallest parcel, and has yielded only three vintages so far – 2006, 2007 and 2010. It is carefully vinified with skins for 22 days, using a soft ‘shower’ system of wetting the cap before undergoing three years ageing in cask and three years in bottle. A complex, inviting nose of truffle and balsamic notes are coaxed out of the glass, followed by powerful black fruit and tobacco on the palate. Silky tannins and mineral depths round off the juicy core, for pairing with stews and mature cheese. $335 from monopole.com.sg


• This vintage is defined by its big character, complexity and exceptiona­l potential for ageing.

• The month of September was very sunny and dry, allowing the Nebbiolo grapes to mature perfectly, giving whole berries with thick skins.

• Italian wine guru Ian D’agata says the cool growing season and late harvest reminded him of vintages from the 1970s and early 1980s.

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