The Unforgettable Wines of Barolo, Piedmont


by Doruk Gurunlu


There is an old saying, “things get better with age” and this is definitely the case for wines and grapes from Barolo, Piedmont in Northern Italy. Tucked between the Alps and Apennines, bordering France and Switzerland, this is a haven for wine lovers with a taste for full-bodied wines with robust tannin and high acidity.

The Barolo Zone differs from other wine regions, even the neighboring Barbaresco Zone. Both use Nebbiolo red wine grapes, which take time to ripen because of cooler temperatures found in the Barolo Zone. Due to the overall climate, soil types, and altitude, the Nebbiolo produces a lightly-colored red wine which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. Traditionally, as they age, these wines take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors including violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes. In recent years, advancements in farming and cultivating have made these wines available to drink sooner than reserve wines.

While visiting Pescado, you can find an array of Barolo wines perfect for your evening. Our in-house sommelier suggests you try, Damilano Barolo "Cerequio ". This wine has soft tannins and ripe fruits and pairs great with our Lamb Lollipops as an appetizer. For an entree, pairing the Massolino "Parafada" or Vietti "Lazzarito" with a Tomahawk ribeye, lamb shanks or NY strip will surely please meat and wine lovers alike.

Although most Barolo wines take time to mature, the wait is worth it as you can be assured of an unforgettable experience.

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Originally from Turkey, Doruk Gurunlu has lived in the United States since 2005 when he came to South Walton. Doruk has many passions – wine being one of them. He truly enjoys talking about wine with his friends and guests at Pescado in a way that makes the knowledge of wine accessible and relatable.