2018 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta

  • "The Intensity and Precision of This Village Is Evident Here" ~94 RP
  • Gorgeous Right Away, Will Age Incredibly
  • Other Barolo Producers From This Cru Charge $150+/btl
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About the Wine

Year after year, Schiavenza's Barolos have been positioned among our bestsellers. Schiavenza's Barolos are the epitome of power, high quality, and uniqueness. This estate is not only loved by us but also by some of the most important wine critics, who have spoken very highly about this winery.

Tom Hyland from Forbes Magazine, featured Schiavenza in its “Best 25 Producers of Barolo” publication and said, “If you are looking for a classic Serralunga Barolo that offers a structure for long-term cellaring, the wines from Schiavenza are ideal candidates. Traditional in the winemaking, each Barolo is an excellent representation of its site, from the Serralunga commune bottling to Broglio, Ceretta, and Prapò. The wines are rugged in nature, but never aggressive, and are beautifully made with great restraint and harmony." 

Schiavenza is located in the magical region of Serralunga d'Alba, in the Barolo DOCG. This winery, which began with the brothers Vittorio and Ugo, is currently managed by Luciano Pira. Luciano and Nebbiolo are like synonyms, this brilliant agronomist has been producing some of the most exceptional Nebbiolos from this region.

Schiavenza is made up of more than 24 acres of vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba, plus some acres in Monforte d'Alba, both vineyards are home to excellent quality, top-tier, artisanal red wines. Everything about Schiavenza Winery is impressive, the winery radiates the culture of the Piedmont area.

Serralunga d'Alba is known for producing some of the finest and most powerful Barolo wines. This region is considered one of the five major communes within the Barolo zone (alongside Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, and Monforte d'Alba.) 

The vineyards of Serralunga d'Alba are situated on the hillsides surrounding the village. The soil composition is predominantly rich in limestone and clay, providing excellent drainage and providing unique characteristics to the wines. These wines are known for their robustness, structure, and firm tannins, and have an enormous age-ability.

Serralunga d'Alba is home to some prestigious wineries, including iconic producers such as Massolino, Fontanafredda, and Luciano Sandrone, which wines can go up to more than $200/bottle! Schiavenza Barolo Serralunga d'Alba shares terroir with these legendary producers, but not the price tag. On top of that, BHW has the lowest price anywhere, so, if you truly want to experience the magic of a beautiful Barolo, this wine is for you!

2018 was a great year for this region. Wine Spectator awarded this vintage with a 93pt review and said it delivered "fresh, elegant Barolos, open-knit with vibrant acidity."

Cerretta's grapes come from vineyards located in the village of Serralunga d'Alba This is an amazing Barolo that Robert Parker described as "the most structured of the various Barolos made by Schiavenza, a producer who specializes in Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba"

Aging: 3 years in  2,000- to 4,000-liter Slavonian oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: 100% Nebbiolo. 
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.


The Schiavenza 2018 Barolo Cerretta does not disappoint. The wine boasts pretty aromatic intensity and balance which was not easy to achieve in this vintage. Fruit is from Serralunga d'Alba, and the intensity and precision of this village is evident here. This Barolo opens to aroma of wild plum, blackcurrant, dark spice, earth, rusty metal and wet clay. ~94 Robert Parker

Dried cherries, bright floral notes and earthy spice on the nose with a hint of vanilla in the background. Medium-to full-bodied with spicy fruit tones on the palate and fine, velvety tannins that firm up on the finish. Plenty going on, but needs time to even out. Try after 2023. ~93 James Suckling

The typical garnet color of Barolo shines in the glass here, with an intense nose of raspberry, dried cherry, camphor, and earthy tones with tar and leather. Fruit concentration and sucrosity carry the palate to the finish, with crisp acidity and dusty tannins alongside balanced alcohol. Despite some bold fruit, the wine shows complexity and length. ~93 Decanter

Fresh and fragrant in the main profile it alternates notes of pressed red flowers, raspberries, red plums and orange juice. Medium to full body, soft tannins with a pleasant round shape and a graceful and modern finish. Gorgeous right away. Drink now or get old. ~92 WinesCritic.com

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