used to be said that Barolo was the king's wine and the king of
wines. Its name means elegance, a perfect union of structure, rich
fragrance and unmistakable flavour, living up to its reputation
with every bottle.
The grape is Nebbiolo, the protagonist of so many great wines. The
Barolo zone is not very extensive, including the hills and valleys
of 11 villages on the right side of river Tanaro.
It takes a long time for a bottle of Barolo to go from the cellar
to the table. It must age for at least three years, dating from
January 1, after its harvest. Two of those years must be spent in
oaken aging barrels, as the the wine matures and mellows.
The final year's container its left up to the preference of the vintner.
|Barolo is a great wine, its intense garnet red colour reminds a
summer sunset. Its bouquet tells of the freshest fruits with a touch
of dusky spice and, now and then, the faint scent of the truffle,
than other classic champion of the Alba area, can be reconized.
The finest moment comes with the tasting, however.
The flavour is long, smooth and balanced. This wine is the perfect
mate for roasts, tasty cheeses, wild game, stews and grilled meats.
Some zesty appetizers and highly seasoned pasta dishes are a good
companion for Barolo.
The minimum alcohol content should be 13% and it should be served
at 18°C or 65°F, but not cooler.