Barolo is one of the great names in the panorama of Italian wines, known as "the King of Wines, the Wine of Kings". The DOCG Barolo is a small area in Piedmont around the village of Barolo and for a wine to be called Barolo there are some rules to...
Barolo is one of the great names in the panorama of Italian wines, known as "the King of Wines, the Wine of Kings". The DOCG Barolo is a small area in Piedmont around the village of Barolo and for a wine to be called Barolo there are some rules to be followed: the grape has to be 100% nebbiolo (one of the most difficult grapes to grow which seems to "work" only in this region), the minimum alcohol has to be 13% and the wine has to age at least 38 months before being released to the market (Riserva 62 months).
There are Barolos and Barolos.
Some are Traditionalists and make wine that needs to age to express its full beauty (this is achieved by maturing it in large casks which make its evolution very slow), producing wines that are more robust and with stronger tannins.
Others are Innovators, which use smaller barriques to make wines that are more delicate and ready to be drunk "sooner" than a traditional Barolo.
The color is usually ruby or garnet, typically deep if the wine is aged for a long time.
Nose is quite often dried rose, violet, raspberry, strawberry, jam. With time you'll find dried mushrooms, truffle, earth, liquorice, tobacco, leather, tar. In "modern" ones you may find balsamic notes and chocolate.
Mouth is usually robust and austere, fresh even after several years of ageing. The persistence is long, sometimes extremely so in the best Barolos.
The prime of these wines is between 15 and 20 years of age, this is why we picked bottles in this range for you. What are you waiting for? Pick yours and enjoy!
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