People love wine. In 2017, total wine sales were $62.7 billion in the United States alone. Unfortunately, not many are able or willing to try wines from other places like France or Italy. Mostly because they aren’t sure what to expect. So for the wine lover that wants to try fine Italian red wines, you’ve come to the right place. This article will cover Barolo wines.
What Are Barolo Wines?
Barolo is a fine red wine that is produced in the Piedmont region of Italy. The grape used to make the wine is called Nebbiolo, which is a small red grape varietal with thin skin and is usually high in acid and tannins. This particular varietal is one of the first to undergo budbreak (the first sign of life) but is the last one to be picked. A Nebbiolo harvest typically takes place towards the end of October. Barolo wines are only made from Nebbiolo, nothing else.
The wines tend to be rich and full-bodied and are a strong competitor to the Burgundy, a fine French red wine similar to a Pinot Noir. Aromatically, Barolo wines commonly smell of rose flower, tar, and dried herbs. Barolo wines are aged for a minimum of two years in oak and one in bottle, and Riserva labels require three years in oak and two in bottle. Riserva labeling is used when the wine has been aged for at least five years, indicating a longer reserve. They have a minimum of 13% alcohol content.
When Should You Drink It?
Even though it comes off as being a luxurious bottle of wine made only for the finest of wine drinkers, Barolo is actually one of few wines at its price point that can be both collected and considered a daily drinking wine. It is great for spring and summer outdoor grill outs, an earthy dish in the fall, or a juicy steak during the winter. The best time to drink it is with friends and family, with your significant other, or by yourself.
You don’t need to go to Italy to buy Barolo either, you can buy it online. In fact, you can buy French red wine online if you want. Or Spanish. It doesn’t have to be a red either. Where you get it doesn’t matter, just that you enjoy it.
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