What is a Barolo wine and why is it so expensive and famous?

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Barolo is the king of wines and the wine of kings.  It’s expensive because it’s so damned good.  My youngest son’s middle name is Barolo, that’s how good it is.  And quite frankly it’s not very expensive at all compared to Bordeaux and Burgundy of the same quality.

What is Barolo Wine? Why is Barolo Expensive - Matt Deller | SommelierQA.com

Barolo is the region within Piedmont, that lends its name to the wine grown within it’s DOCG borders from the variety Nebbiolo.  Nebbiolo means ‘the fog’ so named because it excels in hamlets where fog congregates in the morning, prolonging the ripening of this late ripening grape’s famously monumental tannins.  Barolo has a unique combination of topographical, climatic and geological factors that make it, with the exception of neighboring Barbaresco, about the only place on earth capable of making great Nebbiolo wines.

A bit of an oddity, it has very unstable anthocyanins, meaning that it loses color, quickly turning pale with an orange tinge.  Yet, uncommonly for these three structural elements, acidity, tannin, and alcohol are all at maximum volume.

Barolo is not for everyone, it is vinous rather than fruity, powerful with mouth numbing tannins.  But those who love it love it dearly.  They’re as site-expressive as Burgundy, as long lived as Bordeaux and as affordable as Southern Rhone.

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Master of Wine at Wine Access
Matt Deller MW is the Chief Wine Officer of Wine Access, the company leading the online revolution in direct-to-consumer fine wine e-commerce. Backed by top-tier investor, Norwest Venture Partners, WineAccess, with the help of Matt and his team, is now bringing the wine world’s best kept secret to everyone in America. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in the global wine business, most recently as Director of Fine Wine Development at Constellation Brands, developing the sales strategy for Robert Mondavi Winery, The Prisoner Wine Company, Mount Veeder Winery and Ruffino Estates. Born in Australia, raised in New Zealand, Matt is one of just 41 Masters of Wine in the USA, has tasted over 125,000 wines and judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards and TEXSOM International Wine Awards. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons.
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Matt Deller MW is the Chief Wine Officer of Wine Access, the company leading the online revolution in direct-to-consumer fine wine e-commerce. Backed by top-tier investor, Norwest Venture Partners, WineAccess, with the help of Matt and his team, is now bringing the wine world’s best kept secret to everyone in America. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in the global wine business, most recently as Director of Fine Wine Development at Constellation Brands, developing the sales strategy for Robert Mondavi Winery, The Prisoner Wine Company, Mount Veeder Winery and Ruffino Estates. Born in Australia, raised in New Zealand, Matt is one of just 41 Masters of Wine in the USA, has tasted over 125,000 wines and judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards and TEXSOM International Wine Awards. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons.


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