Barolo Wines: The History
The vineyards and wineries around the Village of Barolo in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy produce some of Italy’s finest red wines. Known as Barolos, the wines are made from the region’s best-known grape variety: Nebbiolo.
As many of you will remember, some weeks ago we were fortunate to have Italian wine expert Salvatore Ivan Italiano of WEXS California, a wine consulting company he founded several years ago, in Elkhart for a wine dinner at Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant. Ivan resides in Torino, Italy, and travels the world promoting Italian wines for a number of small Italian family vineyards.
My daughter Elizabeth had the opportunity to sit down with Ivan and discuss Barolo wines. Click on the video to watch this informative interview:
The Estate bottled Barolo wine we reviewed is produced and bottled by Barale Fratelli Winery. The Fratelli family has been making Barolo wine since 1870.
My first tasting of this wine was poured directly from the bottle. I have since had the wine several more times…each time I decanted the wine and found that it was much better after decanting.
The wine is deep red in color and very rich looking. On the nose there are aromas of red cherry, spice and the black tar, which is very characteristic of the Nebbiolo grape.
On the palate it was lightly spiced with tones of oak, dark fruit and with enough tannins to make this wine a little chewy. The finish was very strong with lots of tannins, although they provided a good mouth feel and make the wine a touch leathery. The finish was of good length.
Overall this is a good wine and I would recommend that you try Barolo wines if you have the opportunity. This particular wine has been tasted and scored by a number of groups. The ratings are as follows:
Wine Enthusiast 91/100 points
Wine-Searcher.com 90/100 points
English Wine Magazine 17.5/20 on their 20-point scale
Everyone who evaluated this wine agrees it will be good to drink through 2020. The price of this wine sells from $34.00 to $45.00 per bottle depending on your wine store.
This is second in our series of posts that we have included videos in. Videos are becoming very popular and informative. In the future we will be utilizing videos whenever possible. I would appreciate any comments you might like to make on the use of videos in our wine blog.
Future Wine Dinners & Tastings
We regret to report that both the April 14 event at Lucchese’s and the April 23 event at Uptown Kitchen have been cancelled by those restaurants. Please update your plans accordingly and we look forward to seeing you at our events in May and June:
May 7 – McCarthy’s, Elkhart, featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and Eric Kent wines (TiedemannOnWines Sponsored Event)
May 7 – Mother’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
May 26 – Lucchese’s, Elkhart, featuring White Oak wines (TiedemannOnWines Sponsored Event)
June 11 – Uptown Kitchen, Granger, featuring White Oak wines (TiedemannOnWines Sponsored Event)
June 11 – Summer Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
June 16 – McCarthy’s, Elkhart, featuring Glenwood Cellars wines and the Tiedemann Red (TiedemannOnWines Sponsored Event)
June 23 – Lucchese’s, Elkhart featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio (TiedemannOnWines Sponsored Event)
July 11 – 13th Annual Charity Tasting Event & Silent Auction at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (2 to 5 pm)
Upcoming ToutSuite Programs we think might interest you:
TONIGHT (April 9) at 9 p.m. EST
Meet Your Maker: Napa Artist Richard VonSaal
April 17 at 9 p.m. EST
World Malbec Day: Join Master Sommelier Gilles de Chambure and a panel of Sommeliers as they explore and discuss different Malbec wines from Mendoza, the primary Malbec producing region in Argentina
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Until next week,