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Barolo
The village of Barolo is located in the high hills of northwestern Italy, in the country’s Piedmont region, and is at the heart of the Barolo zone, giving the famed wine its name. The hills of the Barolo zone surround the Tanaro River and its tributaries, the Tallòria dell’Annunziata and the Tallòria di Castiglione, which divide the region and have a moderating effect on the climate.

In addition to Barolo itself, there are four other key village communes that make up the zone as a whole; these are La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba and northern Monforte d’Alba. In this area, south of the larger towns Asti and Alba, vineyards are planted everywhere possible and the Nebbiolo grape rules the land. Barolo (as well as Barbaresco) is made solely from the slow-ripening Nebbiolo varietal, which is renowned for its extremely powerful tannins and yet, surprisingly thin skin. Nebbiolo is named for the nebbia (“fog” in Italian) that blankets the hills of the region in the autumn months and extends the fruit’s hang-time with their cool air.

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The effect of different soils and vineyard sites is as apparent in the Nebbiolo of Barolo as it is in the Pinot Noir of Burgundy. There are two main soil types, each producing a different style of the wine. Fittingly, a single road, the Alba-Barolo, divides the areas with these different soil types. To the west, in the La Morra and Barolo communes, the soils are made up of calcareous marl, which is a richer soil that produces a more fruitful, lush and fragrant styled wine. And to the east, in Serralunga d’Alba and Monforte d’Alba, the soil is largely composed of sandstone, a less rich soil type that produces more complex, powerful and longer-lived wines. Castiglione Falletto is located in the fork between the Tanaro River tributaries, where the soil types come together and produce wines that show the best features of both styles.

Interestingly, these wines were not always produced in the dry, robust style we are familiar with today. Up until the middle of the 19th century Barolo was actually a sweet wine. Due to its slow ripening nature, Nebbiolo grapes would remain on the vine as late as November in some years, which meant that decreasing temperatures in the winery would halt fermentation before it was complete, leaving behind residual sugar in the wines. When the Marquise of Barolo, Giulietta Falletti, believed that a better quality wine could be made from Nebbiolo, she began having the wine developed in her cellar. The Count of Barolo, Camillo Cavour commissioned French oenologist Louis Oudart, whose expertise created a wine so wonderful that it caught on quickly throughout Piedmont. From then on, dry Barolo grew in popularity and became the favorite of Italian royalty, most notably the House of Savoy and Turin’s noble class, hence the popular expression “wine of kings, king of wines.”

As with the greatest Burgundies, great Barolos are the product of specific crus (vineyard sites) and the special growing conditions of these places. The single-vineyard trend in Barolo is a rather recent development that came about in the 1970s and 1980s. Prior to this time, many producers blended their wines from multiple vineyards.

In the La Morra commune, the prime vineyards include Rocche dell’Annunziata, Brunate and Cerequio. In the Barolo commune, Cannubi, Sarmazza, Brunate and Cerequio reign supreme (the two latter vineyards are also a part of La Morra). The best sites in Castiglione Falletto include Fiasco, Monprivato and Rocche di Castiglione. From Serralunga d’Alba, look for wines from the Lazzarito, Boscareto, Cerretta and Ornato vineyards, and from Monforte d’Alba, the finest sites include Bussia and Ginestra. Also located in Monforte d’Alba is the smaller Mosconi vineyard, just south of Ginestra, which produces Barolos of exceptional quality.


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