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Snooth User: cigarman168

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?


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!

Reply by cigarman168, Nov 20, 2009.

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

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!

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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