*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Wine Chateau.
I don’t drink a lot of Barolo. Mainly because I oddly don’t drink a ton of Italian wines in general, which is a shame. There was a time there where I was in love with Negromara. I should probably revisit Italy through wine as I’ve had some fun ones lately, including a new grape to add to my list of grape varieties tried. In any event, we plucked the 2007 Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano from the cellar to enjoy by a roaring fire one cold night. The Chiarlo clocks in at 13.5 percent alcohol by volume, has a real cork closure, and retails for $37.09 from Wine Chateau.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) I generally don’t drink much Barolo because I find it expensive. But I do love it, and this one is wonderful in the price point.
2.) I always want to put on a smoking jacket and play some refined card game when I drink Barolo. The roaring fire fit nicely with how I imagine Barolo should be consumed.
3.) While it was lovely on its own, I could easily see if with a duck ragu or a mushroom risotto.
4.) The wine felt a little young, it definitely got better and better as it aired in my glass.
On the nose I got cherry, raspberry, wood, anise, flowers, some earthy notes, spice, and other red fruits. In the mouth I found tarter red fruit, with raspberry, wood, black cherry, spices, dried roses, dried cherries, and more black cherry. It felt expensive on the palate.