Barolo

Barolo, often referred to as the king of Italian reds, is produced in limited quantities from the fickle Nebbiolo grape. The grape itself takes its name form the fog (nebbia) which frequently envelops this hilly terrain just south of the Alps. This is indicative of an area which is blessed—and also cursed—with a marginal climate in which conditions only occasionally lend themselves to producing what is thought of as “classic” Barolo. In this way, it shares more in common with Burgundy than perpetually sunny California or Australia. In a great vintage the full potential of the Nebbiolo is realized and the resultant wines are among the most concentrated, aromatic, and age-worthy reds on Earth. In the last decade 1988, 1989, and 1990 were great vintages as are the current trio of 1995 through 1997. With better winemaking technology; however, more difficult vintages such as 1991 through 1994 are capable of producing solid wines, with the added bonus that most are drinkable upon release. Of these “lighter” vintages, 1993 was most successful, followed by 1991. If the “collectible” Barolos from 1995-–1997 prove to be too pricey for you, an appropriate strategy would be to look for remaining 1993s, as they will make for excellent drinking over the next decade at a much cheaper price.
Premier Producers
• Elio Altare (Normale & Arborina)
• Giacomo Ascheri (Sorano & Vigna dei Poia)
• Azelia (San Rocco)
• Enzo Boglietti (Brunate, Fossati, Case Nere)
• Serio e Battista Fratelli Borgogno (Cannubi)
• Giacomo Brezza (Sarmassa & Cannubi)
• Ca’ dei Gancia (Cannubi)
• Cascina Ballarin (Bussia)
• Ceretto (Brunate & Prapo)
• Pio Cesare (Ornato)
• Michele Chiarlo (Cerequio)
• Ciabot Berton (Roggeri)
• Domenico Clerico (Pajana & Ciabot Mentin Ginestra)
• Aldo Conterno (Normale, Cicala, Colonello, & Gran Bussia)
• Giacomo Conterno (Monfortino & Cascina Francia)
• Contratto (Cerequio)
• Cordero di Montezemolo (Villero Enrico VI)
• Giovanni Corino (Vigneto Arborina & Vigneto Rocche)
• Fontanafredda (Lazzarito, La Rosa, La Delizia, & Riserva)
• Gaja (Sperss)
• Elio Grasso (Ginestra Casa Mate)
• Silvio Grasso (Bricco Luciani & Ciabot Manzoni)
• Bartolo Mascarello
• Giuseppe Mascarello (Santo Stefano & Monprivato)
• Armando Parusso (Bussia Vigna Rocche)
• E. Pira & Figli (Cannubi)
• Poderi Colla (Bussia Dardi le Rose)
• Ferdinando Principano (Boscareto & Le Coste)
• Prunotto (Bussia)
• Renato Ratti (Rocche)
• Fratelli Revello (Vigna Giachini)
• Giuseppe Rinaldi
• Rocche Costamagna
• Rocche dei Manzoni (Vigna Capella di San Stefano)
• Luciano Sandrone (Cannubi Boschis & La Vigne)
• Paolo Scavino (Normale, Cannubi, & Bric del Fiasc)
• Gianni Voerzio (La Serra)
• Roberto Voerzio (Cerequio, Brunate, & La Serra)

 
Great Producers
• Gianfranco Alessandria (Normale & San Giovanni)
• Fratelli Barale (Bussia)
• Bersano (Badarina)
• Giacomo Borgogno (Classico)
• Burlotto (Cannubi)
• Ca’ Bianca (Cascina Denegri Riserva)
• Cagliero (Ravera)
• Capellano (Serralunga)
• Cascina Bruni (Vigna Batistot)
• Castello di Verduno (Massara)
• Pio Cesare (Normale)
• Franco Cesari & Figli (Vigna Cerretta)
• Michele Chiarlo (Vigna Rionda)
• Fantino Conterno (Sori’ Ginestra)
• Cordero di Montezemolo (Monfalletto)
• Giovanni Corino (Vigna Giachini)
• Damilano
• Fontanafredda (Serralunga & Galarey)
• Gagliasi
• Ettore Germano (Cerretta & Prapo)
• Bruno Giacosa (Falletto)
• Fratelli Giacosa (Vigna Mandorlo)
• Silvio Grasso (Normale)
• Luigino Grimaldi (Vigna San Biagio)
• Giovanni Manzone (La Gramolere)
• Marcarini (Brunate)
• Marchesi di Barolo (Riserva, Sarmassa, Cannubi)
• Massolino (Margheria & Parafada)
• Mauro Molino (Vigna Gancia)
• Fratelli Monchiero (Roere)
• Andrea Oberto (Vigneto Rocche & Vigneto Albarella)
• Fratelli Oddero (Vigna Rionda, Mondoca di Bussia Soprana, Rocche di
• Castiglione, Rocche dei Rivera di Castiglione)
• Palladino (Vigna Broglio & Serralunga)
• Armando Parusso (Bussia & Vigna Munie)
• Prunotto (Classico & Cannubi)
• Francesco Rinaldi (Cannubio)
• Renato Ratti (Normale & Marcenasco)
• Gigi Rosso (Arione)
• San Biagio (Sori del Rovere)
• Seghesio (Vigneto la Villa)
• Oreste Stroppiana (Vigna San Giacomo)
• Terre da Vino (Poderi Parussi & Paesi Tuoi)
• GD Vajra (Bricco delle Viole)
• Eraldo Viberti
• Giovanni Viberti (Normale & La Volta)

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