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I recently added this Barolo because of the popularity of Aurelio Settimo Langhe Nebbiolo with customers. The winemaker at Aurelio Settimo is the lovely Tiziana Settimo and she brings out the best from the vineyards in all her wines. 100% Nebbiolo, Barolo needs care to avoid the naturally high acidity and tannins from overpowering the wine. Tiziana keeps yields low, exercises careful maceration on the skins to avoid over-extraction of tannins and colour and ages the wine for the required minimum two years in old oak to avoid the woody aromas and flavours taking over from the cherry & plum fruit flavours.
2011 was very hot in Barolo and whilst that helps lower the natural acidity, extra care need to be taken to avoid high alcohol. In this Barolo the alcohol, tannins and fruit flavours are beautifully balanced and this vintage drinking beautifully now. Barolo can age for many, many years. Full tasting notes coming soon but this wine tastes of cherries and plums with a little spice, coffee and leather thanks to its age. It's a really elegant wine.
Recommended to drink with game, goose, steak, braised beef, delicately flavoured offal, mushrooms and milder cheeses including goats' and sheeps' cheese
Barolo, known as the "king of wines and the wine of kings", is considered to be one of the world's best red wines. 100% Nebbiolo, it's elegant, silky smooth with powerful flavours of cherries, coffee & liquorice