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Question on Barolo Chinato

Posted by cigarman168, Nov 20, 2009.

I buy the Barolo Chinato do not have year (vintage) indicate?
Reply was : The Barolo chinato it's no vintage for legislation!
What does it mean?

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Reply by Laurapal, Nov 20, 2009.

Ciao Cigarman,

This means that the law/wine legislation does not require that a vintage be quoted on the label.

Of course you know this if you regularly buy it.

Barolo Chinato is an aromatized wine - Barolo DOCG with sugar and alchohol added which has had rhubarb root, cardamom, gentian, chinchona and other spices stewing away in it. It's alcohol level is usually from 16 - 17%. It was invented in 1891 and many people consider that it has medicinal benefits, helped by the fact that a pharmacist came up with the first recipe. It's a great warming winter drink.

I don't know about the specifics of production but I would imagine that you can use a blend of vintages as long as it can be proved that the wine used is Barolo DOCG. If it's usual to blend vintages then it has to be a NV product.

I hope this helps!

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Reply by cigarman168, Nov 20, 2009.

@ Ciao Laurapal, Thanks for your advise. Hope to learn more from you regarding Italian Wines.

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Reply by Laurapal, Nov 21, 2009.

Ciao! Un piacere (a pleasure) but please don't have high expectations regarding my wine erudition. I have a very small area of expertise! I live and work in Montalcino managing a Brunello winery so DOCG legislation is my sector. Have a good weekend!

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Reply by cigarman168, Nov 21, 2009.

Just sharing is OK. No need to be an experts still can enjoy wines! Right?


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