Barolo is a red wine. It has been named the “the wine of kings” and the “king of wines” by wine experts across the globe. The DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which is the Italian quality assurance label for wines states that Barolo wine must be produced from 100% Nebbiolo grape and has to age for a minimum of 3 years before being available to buy. The three years includes two years of aging in a barrel and one year resting in the bottle. It is also possible to purchase Reserva Barolo, where the wine must be aged for a minimum of 5 years before being sold.
Barolo wine comes from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy and is produced from the Nebbiolo grape, which is closely related to the word, “nebbia”, meaning “fog” in Italian. The reason the grape is known as Nebbiolo is that in September and October fog is quite common in the Piedmont region, which is the time that the grapes are ready for harvesting.
The Northern part of Italy with it’s warm temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night, enables the Nebbiolo grape to have good aromatic complexity and high levels of tannin, which makes Barolo an excellent wine for aging.
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