While today's topic may seem a bit confusing, it really is quite simple. The wine Barolo takes its name from the village of Barolo, but the wine comes from a region that includes a handful of other villages as well. Whether that makes sense or not, the Barolo from Barolo are always worth checking out. With the region's most famous vineyard, Cannubi (actually a set of vineyards), arrayed along a ridgeline where the predominant soils of the eastern and western halves of the region meet, it's no surprise that Barolo from these lands can be the epitome of style, substance, and elegance.
These really are special lands and the wines they produce tend to be among my favorites. They are generally quite fresh and pure with lovely red fruits and brisk, just slightly austere tannins -- for me, a perfect recipe for delicious Barolo. While 2006 wasn't a vintage that played perfectly into the classic style for the village, many producers produced fresh, rich, complex wines. These are certainly destined to be classic wines and, along with Serralunga, Barolo seems to have been the star appellation of the vintage. Having said that, these are very young wines and patience will certainly be required before one can experience these wines at their peaks.
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Barolo 2006 - Castiglione Falletto
Barolo 2006 - La Morra
Barolo 2006 - Verduno
Barolo 2006 - Monforte
Barolo 2006 - Serralunga
127 distinct vineyards covering 243 hectares/600 acres or 13.3% of Barolo vineyards
As with Castiglione, only more so, the Barolo commune benefits from a blending of the two predominant soil types of the region. To the west, where it shares several renowned vineyards with La Morra, the soils are Tortonian, yielding rather full wines with a somewhat open-knit structure and nice, warm, full feel.
To the east however, the soils are poor white Helvetian, mixed with heavier clays. The most famous vineyard of the village of Barolo, and Barolo in general, is the Cannubi hillside. Here the fruit found to the west is a bit more rigid, certainly less plush and without the ability to conceal the slightly austere tannins that are the trademarks of Barolo from these Helvetian soils. These are wines that have phenomenal balance. If one says that the wines of La Morra are early maturing, and the wines of Serralunga are the most age-worthy in Barolo, then one would have to say that the wines of the village of Barolo age on impeccable balance.
Vineyards of note:
Cerequio and Brunate – shared with La Morra
Producers of note: