Barolo Riserva 2017: vintage report and 26 recommendations
‘If there is a specific justification for the more austere character of a wine, it can be found in the vintage – and 2017 was that kind of vintage,’ says Aldo Fiordelli
The Barolo wine region is arguably the most famous DOCG in Italy.
It’s located in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, south of Alba, and has UNESCO World Heritage status.
Before the mid-19th century, it was made in a richly sweet and fruity style which wasn’t to the taste of the Count of Cavour.
Louis Oudart, a French winemaker from Champagne, was hired to create the style we know today – a dry red wine.
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Known as the ‘King of Wine’, Barolo is produced from the Nebbiolo grape. It’s one of the first varieties to bud and the last to ripen, with harvest taking place in mid-to-late October.
The wines have a minimum ageing requirement of 3 years.
• Riserva Aged for a minimum of five years
• Vigna on a label indicates a single vineyard wine
The DOCG consists of 11 villages: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi and Verduno.
These ‘communes’ each have vineyards which contribute their own unique styles, and this was solidified in 2010 when the Consorzio ratified the MGAs for Barolo and Barbaresco.
The area benefits from a continental climate, classified as warm and temperate, with an extended summer and autumn which is perfect for producing top quality grapes.