Barolo is a red wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and is generally considered to be Italy’s greatest wine. Barolo is full-bodied with a spicy, leathery and tobacco nose. On the palate it is dry, powerful and persistent, with rightly tannic finish.
The Nebbiolo grapes for this Fratelli Ponte Barolo are grown in a vineyard located in the municipality of Barolo. Italy Magazine notes: “The delimited wine zone of Barolo is probably the most famous, consistently resulting in Nebbiolo wines that are at once outstanding, austere, well-structured and deeply perfumed. These are wines that are able to command fantastic prices on a world market that extends well beyond regional and national conﬁnes.”
Traditionally, Barolo is a wine that is best with long aging, because it ages beautifully. However, today, more modern winemaking methods and techniques have resulted in wines that are more supple and approachable when still in their full ﬂush of youth. So this Barolo is a wonderful treat today or can be cellared to great advantage for many years.
The nebbiolo grape is a late-ripening variety that is traditionally harvested well into autumn and the season of mists or fog (“nebbia”) . Nebbiolo is never an easy grape to grow, requiring sheltered, ideally south-facing slopes and with a preference for chalky, calcareous marl soils. Though its grape skin is not particularly dark or rich in colouring elements, nonetheless, Nebbiolo produces wines that are rich in acidity and tannin, and thus capable of aging – and indeed improving – in the bottle for years and even decades. –
Nebbiolo produces lightly-colored red wines which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. As they age, the wines take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes.