Barolo

Wine category: 
DOCG (DOP)
Category: 
Special: 
Yes
Type: 
Red
SubType: 
rosso maturo
Region: 
Piemonte
Province: 
Cuneo

It is called "the king of wines, the wine of kings". An excellent red wine born in the middle of XIX century by Camillo Benso Count of Cavour with the help of the oenologist Luis Oudart. Barolo takes its name from one of the villages where it is produced, in Cuneo Province, south-west of Alba, a famous area all over the world thanks to the white truffle. Barolo is the best representative of Nebbiolo grapes and of Langhe, wonderful hills scattered with castles and vineyards. In these lands fine wines are produced, as its ever rival Barbaresco and incredible cheeses as DOP Bra, Castelmagno, Gorgonzola and Toma Piemontese.

The temperate continental climate and sudden changes in temperatures between day and night during the summer allow the grapes to bring out particularly intense scents. Barolo is a wine with strong character, at the same time it is powerful and elegant. His colour is a garnet red, with orange highlights with the passing of time. Scent and taste are intense and vigorous, complex and balanced, fruity if young and spicy if older and amazingly persistent. Three years of ageing of which one year and a half in a oak barrel. Five years for the reserve. Because of the climate variety Barolo can be very different depending on the vintage, and in a good vintage it can reach harmony even after twenty years. Best vintages are 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006.

Barolo is a wine for important read meat dishes, game, braised meat. Obviously it can be served with local cheeses and with truffle. It should be served in wide wine glasses at 20° C. It is also well-known in the flavoured version Barolo Chinato, excellent match with chocolate based desserts.