While enjoying pranzo on our beachfront flat here in the seaside resort of Pescara-we also enjoyed a bottle of Barolo. My souvenir today is the undescribable beauty of the colors near the Adratic Sea, the summer sun and the sea breeze along with a bottle of Barolo.
From the province of Cuneo in Italy’s Piedmont region comes what is sometimes called “The wine of kings and the king of wines.” Barolo, named after a tiny town in the middle of the growing zone, is a thick, red wine and is one of the most collected wines in Italy.
These days, only about 3,000 acres of Nebbiolo are being cultivated in the region, which means that Barolo, though in high demand, is in short supply For the perfect Barolo, a certain type of soil is necessary. Oddly, the hills of the growing zone are split between two types of soil, which result in mild variations in flavor.The “left hills” produce a fruitier, longer lasting wine, whereas the “right hills” wine has a more composed taste that should be enjoyed more quickly.
The scent of Barolo is said to be reminiscent of cherry blossoms and the color is a light ruby red that becomes somewhat orangey with age. Age is very important when it comes to Barolo and DOCG regulations state that the wine must be aged at least three years before it can be sold. To become a coveted Barolo Riserva, a bottle of this wine must age at least 5 years. These are just the stated minimums, though, as Barolo is often enjoyed when aged over 10 years.
This wine is at its best when paired with a meal. Be sure, though, to let it aerate before serving.
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