Barolo is a DOCG wine made from Nebbiolo grapes, in the Langhe area of Piedmont. The vineyards reserved for this selection are situated in three municipalities: La Morra, Monforte and Novello. Barolo is a balanced wine that requires ageing to develop its finest aromas and scents. Vinification includes maceration times in excess of ten days. A minimum of 18 months’ ageing in oak barrels and 225-litre barriques is also required. This is necessary to achieve the expression of the characteristic scents of the terroir as the wine ages.
Barolo DOCG can be produced in 11 municipalities in the Langhe, near Alba. 181 Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive (MGA - Additional Geographic Mentions) or crus have been identified. Mito Barolo comes from the finest MGA vineyards situated about 250-400 metres above sea level, which are over 20-25 years old. The soils consist of sandy clay marls, such as those of Monforte, and compact blue marls, like those of La Morra.
Barolo DOCG has a garnet colour and an intense bouquet of fruit combined with spices. The nose perceives red berries, cherries preserved in spirit and jam, along with roses and withered violets. The scents of cherries in spirit continue on the palate, accompanied by toasted notes, with a nicely persistent finish. In wines originating in some MGA in particular, the scent of spices (cinnamon and pepper, nutmeg, vanilla and liquorice) and balsamic notes are clearly perceived.
BEST FOOD PAIRINGS
Thanks to its structure and elegance, which have earned it the title of “king of wines and wine of kings”, Barolo DOCG has to be paired with structured dishes. As a general rule, it pairs well with anything served with truffles, like Piedmontese tajarin, or with braised meats. This said, it is also the perfect wine to sip while you lose yourself in your thoughts.