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Ep 234: The Greats -- Barbaresco and Barolo
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This week: The Greats Barolo and Barbaresco of Piedmont, Italy. These two wines are both 100% Nebbiolo, and are fragrant, tannic, acidic, and outstanding. We cover the similarities and key differences between these greats and why each is a force in its own right.

 

Here are some key show notes: 

Barolo

  • King of Wines and Wine of Kings
  • Production Zone in Province of Cuneo: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, parts of Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi, Verduno
  • Production must be on hillsides: no valley floors or humid, flat areas nothing with northern exposure – mandated by 2010 law 
  • The soils and mesoclimates vary slightly, subtle differences but also winemaking plays a big role
  • Until mid 19thc Barolo was SWEET -- 1835, Paolo Francesco Staglieno published a winemaking manual about how to make wine stable for transport – fermenting dry was one of the ways.

The Barolo wars: Traditionalist v Modern 

  • Modern: “international style” fermentation is 10 days (less tannin), age wine in new French oak barriques (smaller, more oak flavor). Very different flavors – fruitier, more new oak, doesn’t age as well. May illegally put in Barbera, Cab, Syrah… unproven as of yet
  • Modernists producers: Elio Altare, Domenico Clerico, Robero Voerzio, Angelo Gaja, Renato Ratti 

 

  • Traditionalist: Extended maceration, long cask aging, less fruit requires age and patience.
  • Traditional producers: Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Giuseppe Mascarello, Capellano, Marcarini, and Giuseppe Rinaldi 

 

Barolo wine aromas/flavors:

  • Classic: light in color, smells like tar and roses, very aromatic – dried fruit, mint, leather, licorice, plum, tobacco, herbs, truffles
  • Standard Barolo must be aged for three years — two in cask and one in bottle. 
  • Riserva: Aged for five years upon release — three in cask and two in bottle.
  • Barolo Chinato -- digestif

 

BARBARESCO

  • Barbaresco -- immediately to the east of Alba – communes of Barbaresco, Trieso, Neive plus part of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio
  • Vineyards on Tanaro river, go up northeast of Alba, closer to the river (the Tanaro), with higher fertility in the soil
  • Slight maritime climate – warmer, drier, milder than Barolo
  • Barbaresco Communes:
  • Barbaresco:
    • 45% of Barbaresco production, largest wineries 
    • light in color and body, well structured and aromatic.
    • Best cru: Asili, MartinengaMontefico, Montestefano and Rabajà 
  • Neive:
    • 31% of Barbaresco's production
    • Powerful and tannic expressions of Barbaresco if closer to the commune of Barbaresco, to the east, more sand, lighter wines
    • Albesani, Santo Stefano, Bricco di Neive, Gallina
  • Treiso
    • South of Barbaresco, highest altitude sites in the area, constant breezes, great diurnals
    • lightest in body, perfumed, higher acidity
    • Pajorè is best site
  • San Rocco Seno d'Elvio: floral with finesse

 

Barbaresco History

  • Cantina Sociale di Barbaresco was founded in 1896 by Domizio Cavazza: he died early in 1915, not until the late 1950s that Barbaresco was reignited -- with Bruno Giacosa and Angelo Gaja leading the way
  • Local parish priest, Don Fiorino Marengo, founded Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative cellar, the best co-op in Europe

Wines

  • Grapes ripen earlier, less tannic, need less aging
  • Aromatic – spicy, perfumed, floral with rose and violet, cherry, truffles, licorice, fennel, leather tar
  • Normale: 2 years of aging, 1 in wood
  • Riserva: four years of gaining, two in wood 

Best producers and vineyards: Gaja, Bruno Giacosa, Ceretto, Produttori del Barbaresco, Roana, La Spinetta, Rizzi, Marchesi di Gresy, Punset 

 

BAROLO V BARBARESCO:

  • Size: Barbaresco is smaller and more consistent
  • Altitude: Barolo is higher than Barbaresco
  • Weather: Barbaresco gets less rain and bad weather.
  • Tannins: Barbaresco is better at an earlier age and lighter body than Barolo. Barolo is a better bet to hold for long periods.
  • Soils: in Barbaresco, the roots of the vines do not have to go as deep as with the thinner soils found in many parts of the Barolo zone -- less aggressive tannins for many Barbaresco.

 On or the other is NOT BETTER: they are DIFFERENT 

 

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Addendum: the Cru of the regions

Barolo

Barolo:

  • Bricco Viole
  • Brunate
  • Cannubi
  • Cannubi Boschis
  • Rue
  • San Lorenzo
  • Sarmassa
  • Via Nuova

 

La Morra:

  • Arborina
  • Brunate
  • Cereguio
  • Gattera
  • Giachini
  • Marcenasco
  • Rocche dell’Annunziata

 

Castiglione Falletto:

  • Bricco Rocche
  • Fiasc
  • Mariondino
  • Monprivato
  • Parussi
  • Pira
  • Rivera
  • Villero

Monforte d’Alba

  • Bussia
  • Cicala
  • Colonnello
  • Dardi
  • Ginestra
  • Mosconi
  • Munie
  • Romirasco
  • Santo Stefano

 

Serralunga d’Alba

  • Falletto
  • Francia
  • La Serra
  • Marenca
  • Marenca-Rivette
  • Margheria
  • Ornato
  • Parafada
  • Vigna Rionda

 

Barberesco 

Barbaresco’s Cru:

  • *Asili
  • Ca' Grossa
  • Cars
  • Cavanna
  • Cole
  • Faset
  • *Martinenga
  • Montaribaldi
  • Montefico
  • Montestefano
  • Muncagota
  • Ovello
  • Pajé
  • Pora
  • *Rabajà
  • Rabajà-Bas
  • Rio Sordo
  • Roccalini
  • Roncaglie
  • Roncagliette
  • Ronchi
  • Secondine
  • Tre Stelle
  • Trifolera
  • Vicenziana

 

Nieve's Cru's

  • Albesani
  • Balluri
  • Basarin
  • Bordini
  • Bric Micca
  • Bricco di Neive
  • Canova
  • Cottà
  • Currà
  • Fausoni
  • Gaia Principe
  • Gallina
  • Marcorino
  • Rivetti
  • San Cristoforo
  • San Giuliano
  • Serraboella
  • Serracapelli
  • Serragrilli
  • Starderi

 

 

Treiso's Best Cru's

  • *Pajorè
  • Ausario
  • Bernadot
  • Bricco di Treiso
  • Casot
  • Castellizzano
  • Ferrere
  • Garassino
  • Giacone
  • Giacosa
  • Manzola
  • Marcarini
  • Meruzzano
  • Montersino
  • Nervo
  • Rizzi
  • Rocche Massalupo
  • Rombone
  • San Stunet
  • Valeirano
  • Vallegrande

 

 

The Cru of Barolo...

Barolo:

  • Bricco Viole
  • Brunate
  • Cannubi
  • Cannubi Boschis
  • Rue
  • San Lorenzo
  • Sarmassa
  • Via Nuova

 

La Morra:

  • Arborina
  • Brunate
  • Cereguio
  • Gattera
  • Giachini
  • Marcenasco
  • Rocche dell’Annunziata

 

Castiglione Falletto:

  • Bricco Rocche
  • Fiasc
  • Mariondino
  • Monprivato
  • Parussi
  • Pira
  • Rivera
  • Villero

Monforte d’Alba

  • Bussia
  • Cicala
  • Colonnello
  • Dardi
  • Ginestra
  • Mosconi
  • Munie
  • Romirasco
  • Santo Stefano

 

Serralunga d’Alba

  • Falletto
  • Francia
  • La Serra
  • Marenca
  • Marenca-Rivette
  • Margheria
  • Ornato
  • Parafada
  • Vigna Rionda
Published
2018-06-03 03:12:00 UTC
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