BAROLO DOCG - General Information
This is the Grand Italian Wine by definition, also produced entirely with Nebbiolo grapes. Barolo wine comes from the village in the Langa bearing the same name a few kilometres South of Alba.
It is now made in eleven "communes" or village territories, all situated on the scenic Langa Hills shaped by venturies of vine cultivation and denominated by medievalcastels - including Barolo´s own. The other communes included in the Barolo production area are: La Morra, Monforte, Serralunga d´Alba Castiglio Falletto, Novello, Grinzano Cavour, Verduno, Diano d´Alba, Cherasco and Roddi.
These communes, unlike Barolo, are only permitted to cultivate Nebbiolo for Barolo on a part of their territory.
The bouquet is full and enveloping and capable of developing over time without losing any of its organoleptic characteristics.
These captivating qualities led the nobility of the 19th century to give it the title "King of wines and wine of kings".
The colour is a full and intense garnet red and the purfumes are both fruity and spicy. Red berries, cherries in liquor and jam are present both in the nose and in the mouth, togrther with roses, faded violets, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, vanilla and, at times, liquorice, cpcpa, tobacco and leather. Barolo must be allow to age for at least three years, one and a half of which has to be in oak barrels. If the ageing is prolonged for five years, the wine gains the title of "Reserve".
This is a wine that is pleasing to the palate after four to five years and at its maximum after around ten but that can also be consumed with enormous pleasure after twenty or more.
(Source "Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero")