The Barolo population is passionate, accessible, untiring, and … heart-warming! By the Barolo population I mean both producers and connoisseurs of the “king of wine”. For both categories this description fits like a glove. I became aware of it at the tasting organized by Go Wine in collaboration with the Bottega del Vino at the Castle of Serralunga d’Alba, open specially for the occasion last 26 and 27 March.
On one side was the desire to tell the story behind the fruit of their labour and on the other side the desire to listen attentively and get a preview of the 2007 vintage (influenced by a mild winter, a cool and rainy spring, and a windy, dry summer). We presented the Barolo Serralunga 2007, the result of three Serralunga d’Alba vineyards, and a faithful expression of this territory, which carries the Nebbiolo grapes to longevity, favouring tannins and refinement.
The wise use of large barrels, as in this case, softens the tannins without altering its identity and makes immediately appreciable a wine that will be at its best in a few years. But for the moment it is holding its own, to the point that word spread throughout the castle that ours was the best. Perhaps the Barolo fans got carried away and said the same thing to the others as well (but maybe not!). It’s still nice to hear it. It warms the heart.