As aristocratic as barolo

Once upon a time on a Friday evening I was coming home after a long, difficult, filled with lots of events day. Covered with snow like a New Year tree I suddenly realized that I had a nice bottle of barolo at home. “Oh, this native wine of 2003 from Piedmont will be tasted right away”, – dreamily thought I shaking off feverishly sticky snow.

The bottle was lying in my wine fridge closet from summer awaiting patiently its turn. Such a powerful and bold wine was ideal for a depressing and miserable winter evening. And I was not mistaken with the choice 🙂


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By the way, until mid XIX century barolo was sweet!
Due to late ripening sugar could not turned completely into alcohol.
Louis Oudart, an invited French enologue, managed to introduce new technologies and make the wine that we enjoy nowadays

Having open a bottle and poured a glass, I let it to “breathe” and as usual started to google information about the sample that I possessed. Actually, the wine should have been decanted but due to the absence of decanter at home I had to skip this step 🙂

So barolo had a luxurious clear garnet colour but with distinct tawny spots. The aroma was absolutely terrific and very sweet: sweet cherry, plum jam with notes of wet soil, spices, clove, sage, liquorice with a little bit of minerality! It was so rich and vivid, I literally couldn’t put the glass down 🙂 

The taste is powerful and bold (my tired body immediately felt its 14% alcohol level!), surprisingly very dry, with a bit high tannins, good acidity and notes of dried sour cherry, black chocolate, prunes. “Drunk cherry in dark chocolate” followed me n a long aftertaste! 
Magnificent, amazingly structured wine despite the fact that it was still rather young to consume! No, it is not a child anymore but a teenager who is showing already his character and potential.

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“Foggy” – that is the translation of nebbiolo grape variety.
Either because it is always covered with fog over Piedmont hills. Or because of white “foggy” coating. Both versions could be true, but with fogs over hills is more romantic 🙂

The Italians call aristocratic barolo “King of wines”. After a couple of sips you want to straighten up, stretch your legs closer to a fireplace and start reflecting about tomorrow hunt 🙂 
Reading again my tasting notes I noticed a mark on the margins “reminds me of pinot noir” and remembered that Piedmont very often is compared to Burgundy. Cool climate, compliance with traditions, similarity of main black grape varieties (both capricious but giving great wines), aristocratic heritage, sophisticated wines and even fragmentation of great vineyards among several owners – all these peculiarities Piedmont and Burgundy have in common. It would be nice to compare wines from these two regions and to see the results…

On that note, after draining a glass of this magnificent wine, I sealed it with vacuum cork. On the next day when I opened it again, I noticed the wine became softer which was once again a reminder that such powerful wines need to be decanted! 🙂


Wine: Barolo Badarina 
Vintage: 2003
Region: Serralunga d’Alba (Barolo, Piemonte)
Grape: 100% nebbiolo
Aging: botti from Slavonic oak and barriques
Alcohol: 14%
Producer: Bersano

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