Wines That Rock: Barolo - The Wine of Kings
In Italy they call it the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings (sorry Cabernet Sauvignon). From the grand Nebbiolo grape, and grown in Piedmont comes something truly worthy of a royal moniker. Barolo is considered to be one of, if not the sole contender to be, Italy's greatest wines. What the hell makes Barolo so amazing? Well, we are glad you asked because Barolo really is a wine that rocks.
Barolo's noble beginnings come from its history, at first being named after an Italian noblewoman, the Marchesa de Barolo. From these noble beginnings grew noble traditions. Barolo began making incredible wines throughout the 1900's except during the period of World War Two. You can guess as to why. It hails from the northern part of Piedmont, where the Italian Alps create some spectacular terroir for wine growing. The Nebbiolo grapes grown here create some bright, sharp, acidic juices that winemakers must treat with great care and patience to bring forward spectacular wines. The thin skinned grapes make for a translucent wine akin to Burgundy, and yet Barolo remains medium to full bodied. Still the winemakers are bound to keep the wine in barrels for at least three years, smoothing out the tannins, the acidity, and helping the fruit flavors evolve into something much more luscious.
Barolo is a wine for heavy burdens, grand gestures, moments of greatness and of madness. Barolo is the wine of Kings, and with it you can lay claim to your own kingdom.
It is in this long aging process that Barolo really begins to take shape, and come into its own. After three years spent under wraps, Barolo becomes a model of contradictions, juxtapositions, and an eclectic mix of earth, fruits, and herbs. Barolo is complicated, complex, and intellectual. Barolo will make you think, it will you wonder, sit, and plan your attacks on the burdens of your existence. On top of it all, Barolo is just fucking delicious.
Barolo becomes a model of contradictions, juxtapositions. Barolo is complicated, complex, and intellectual.
When somebody treats an object with such great care, for the purpose of a complete stranger enjoying themselves for a moment of bliss, it is something special to behold. You may never meet the winemaker, they may never meet you, but they make a wine fit for kings, queens, and all royalty. They make it for you too. Enjoying that glass of Barolo may be a fleeting moment, but its nobility transcends that moment to a higher purpose. This is a wine for heavy burdens, grand gestures, moments of greatness and of madness. Barolo is the wine of Kings, and with it you can lay claim to your own kingdom.