Barolo is a DOCG wine made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, in the Langhe area of Piedmont. It is also known as the king of wines and wine of kings, on account of its almost aristocratic elegance and terroir.
Barolo DOCG is a balanced wine that requires ageing to develop its finest aromas and scents. Its vinification requires more than ten days' maceration and at least 18 months' ageing in oak barrels or barriques.
Barolo DOCG is produced in the 11 municipalities of Cherasco, Verduno, Roddi, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour, Castiglione Falletto, Diano d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, Serralunga d’Alba and Monforte d’Alba.
The vineyards are located 250-300 metres above sea level, in sandy clay marl soils, such as those of Monforte, or in compact blue marls, like those of La Morra. The hills where it is produced are mapped out into 181 Additional Geographical Mentions (MGA), identifying the crus and the diversity of the soils.
Barolo DOCG is distinguished by its deep, full garnet colour. With its multifaceted elegance, a bouquet of red fruit and purple flowers, such as violets and roses, is joined by notes of cocoa, chocolate and roast coffee. Some of the aromas perceived, like those of fruit, are repeated on the palate, this time in a version preserved in spirit.
BEST FOOD PAIRINGS
The structure and elegance of Barolo DOCG mean that it has to be matched with structured, complex and sophisticated 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.