Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
The wine of kings, the king of wines. Barolo is the crown jewel of Italian wines, no doubt.
In many regards, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, particularly grown in Barolo and the nearby Barbaresco commune, is very similar to the fine Pinot Noir in Burgundy
1) Barolo/Barbaresco and superb Burgundy are both characterized by their strong fragrance
2) When the wines are mature, the only obvious difference between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir would be their tannic structure
3) Both grape varietals express the underlying terrior very well; experienced wine lovers can easily identify the origins of the wines
4) While the Barolo and Barbaresco communes are proximately located, the slight warmer Barbaresco would deliver more ripen grapes, thus little fruitier and more approachable wines – similar comparison between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle Musigny
5) Many argue that while Pinot Noir can be grown outside Burgundy (New Zealand, US), the truly great Pinot Noir wines only come from Burgundy. Nebbiolo has never been grown successfully outside Pietmont, as proven by numerous attempts to do so, but failed, in the past.
For this week, we have selected three excellent Barolos, all from the great 2001 vintage, all ready to drink and showcase to you the richness, freshness and the balanced complexity of Mighty Barolo.
The spotlight, however, is definitely on Luciano Sandrone - the leader of the “Barolo Boys” (nickname of the modern nebbiolo producers). From the best vineyard of his portfolio, this 1.9 hectare Cannubi is gifted with tender micro-climate, enjoying great solar exposure facing south and southeast, at an altitude of 250m, with calcareous and clayey soil structure. This wine, the sixth apostle of Les Gouttes de Dieu, has blown away minds of many. Wanna try?
Tasting note: Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2001