Saturday, March 6, 2010

the joys of Barolo

the rarified wines from Piedmonte (north western Italy)... all Barolos are made from the Nebiolo grape, and yet not all Nebiolos are born to become Barolos.

what a thing of richness - in flavor and in cost (lol). Here in Vancouver Barolos start around $40 for bottom of the barrel (forgive the pun) and run about $60-$70 for something decent. Well, consider this your chance to pamper yourself, because a bottle of Barolo is truly something special everytime.


clear visual: strawberry centre with light brown/orangish rim (indicating age) and thin legs

clean nose: moderately intense notes of
  • earth/terroir
  • leather (French oak)
  • chalk
  • plum & blackberry

clean palate: 0 dryness, moderate acids, full tannins, moderately intense notes of

  • leather (French oak)
  • terroir/chalk/earth
  • strawberry burst on the palate immediately, followed by rich blackberry

light body

full alcohol (13.5%)

very very good length (over 10 seconds)

A wonderful wine to share with my wonderful woman. We savored every drop of this wine with its immediate presence of Pinot Noir qualities and followed by a structure like a world-class Merlot with its tremendous tannins. After drinking this "introductory" Barolo, I can't wait to try more!

2005 Beni di Batasiolo, Barolo (Italy) $40

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