Barolo is considered one of the greatest wines in the world because of its longevity, character and structure.
A few days ago, I had the fortune to taste a Barolo 1989: I had to let it “breathe” for a while, but it immediately released intense spicy notes and a typical goudron bouquet. Paired than with a veal stracotto, it was a real joy for the palate.
The Barolo produced by the winery “La Querciola” is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, that grow in one of the most prestigious areas of Barolo, in the heart of the Langhe, called Barolo Costa di Rose.
On these beautiful hills, vintage takes place in the second half of October, grapes are then stripped and the slow maceration in the fermentation tanks beginns.
During the fermentation, skins and musts interact to convey the wine structure, colour and bouquet.
After the malolactic fermentation, the wine starts aging in wood: 30 months in 40hl barrels in a silent and dark place with controlled humidity. Air enters the barrel slowly, smoothing the wine and fixing the colour.
In the glass, this Barolo shows a garnet red colour, the nose is intense and elegant with notes of red fruits, dry flowers and spices like cinnamon and liquorice.
The palate is soft, full bodied, velvety with an important structure and a sweet and soft tannin and is engagingly complex throughout its lengthy finish. Ideal with big red meat dishes, game, first courses with meat sauces and medium to mature cheeses.
Serve at 18 –20 °Cin baloon glasses.