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2000 Sergio Barale Barolo Bussia Riserva – Episode 133

By Patrick

Barolo is crafted from the Nebbiolo grape and in years past were so tanic upon release that 10 plus years of aging were required before one would want to drink them. New wine making styles are not in place to cater to people wanting to enjoy these wines younger and younger. The USA is one of the fastest growing wine drinking countries in the world and we like to buy and drink. This wine checks in around $55 on average and can still be found on store shelves as Riserva’s are not released for several years after bottling.

A little Wiki for you

Barolo is an Italian wine, one of many to claim the title “Wine of kings, and king of wines”.[1] This Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita(DOCG) wine is produced in the Cuneo province, south-west of Alba, within the region of Piemonte. The Barolo zone extends into the communes of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba and parts of the communes of Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi, Verduno, all in the province of Cuneo. Only vineyards planted in primarily calcareous-clay soils in the hills with suitable slopes and orientations are considered suitable for Barolo production. Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo. When subjected to aging of at least five years, the wine can be labeled a Riserva.

  • Michelle

    I have enjoyed a small number of Nebbiolos in the past, and have purchased a few Barolos to cellar (03-05 vintages which I plan on holding off for a few years before drinking).

    Nice review – thanks, Kahuna!

  • castello

    We’re going out to a fancy Italian Restaurant for New Years Eve and may have to pony up some big bucks for a big ass Barolo or maybe a Barbera. I’ll have a couple shots of Grappa first so I don’t care how rough and tannic it is. And maybe some awesome food too.