Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine by Kerin O'Keefe

By Kerin O'Keefe

Following at the luck of her books on Brunello di Montalcino, well known writer and wine critic Kerin O'Keefe takes readers on a ancient and in-depth trip to Piedmont to find Barolo and Barbaresco, of Italy's so much attention-grabbing and storied wines. during this groundbreaking new publication, O'Keefe offers a entire evaluate of the beautiful side-by-side starting to be parts of those world-class wines which are separated merely by means of town of Alba and profiles a few of the fiercely individualistic winemakers who create dependent but dependent and intricate wines of outstanding intensity from Italy's so much noble grape, Nebbiolo.

A masterful narrator of the aristocratic origins of winemaking during this zone, O'Keefe provides readers a transparent photograph of why Barolo is named either the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. Profiles of key Barolo and Barbaresco villages contain attention-grabbing tales of the households, wine manufacturers, and idiosyncratic personalities that experience formed the world and its wines and helped ignite the standard Wine Revolution that finally swept via all of Italy.

The ebook additionally considers sensible elements impacting viticulture and enology within the Langhe area, together with weather swap, damaging use of harsh chemical compounds within the vineyards as opposed to the gentler remedies used for hundreds of years, a number of the faculties of  idea relating to vinification and getting older, and enlargement and zoning of winery components. Readers also will savor the author's various tasting notes, a beneficial classic advisor to Barolo and Barbaresco and a thesaurus of necessary Italian wine terms.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Barolo and Barbaresco, the satisfaction of Piedmont
THE position, THE GRAPE, THE heritage, AND THE WINE
1 the traditional Origins of the Langhe Hills
2 Noble Nebbiolo
3 The King of Wines, the Wine of Kings
4 The Barolo Wars and Their impact on either Denominations
5 enlargement, Subzones, and the way forward for Barolo and Barbaresco
PROFILES OF KEY BAROLO manufacturers by means of VILLAGE
6 Barolo and Novello
7 Castiglione Falletto
8 Serralunga d'Alba
9 l. a. Morra and Cherasco
10 Monforte d'Alba
11 Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, Roddi, and Diano d'Alba
12 Barbaresco: From Domizio Cavazza to Subzones
13 (Village of) Barbaresco
14 Neive
15 Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio
16 Wineries in Alba and outdoors of Barolo/Barbaresco Villages
Appendix A. classic advisor to Barolo and Barbaresco
Appendix B. Barolo and Barbaresco at a look, with a advisor to the formally famous winery parts or menzioni geografiche aggiuntive

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But, as Igor Boni points out, the region’s Barolo study also revealed that, based on calcium carbonate alone, two vineyards within the same village and even lying side by side can have “soils with different characteristics,” and that there are often “different rock sediments within just meters from the crest further down,” proving the wide variety of soil conditions in Barolo that have not, or perhaps cannot, be defined by mere statistics regarding certain components. It’s important to note at this point that while the region’s data banks on agricultural land can give averages, the data banks represent basically a collection of fragmented studies carried out by individual producers over numerous years.

One of the few studies done on the area’s soils was funded by the Piedmont Region and published in 2000. The study, coordinated by lead researcher Moreno Soster, analyzed various aspects of the Barolo growing area in the first half of the 1990s, and one of the most interesting outcomes is the pedological table the researchers compiled between 1991 and 1993 of fi fteen test sites. According to this pedological table, the soil with the highest percentage of sand in the growing zone is found in Castiglione Falletto, followed by Serralunga, then Novello, Barolo, and finally La Morra, which has the least amount of sand and sandstone in the denomination but the highest amount of clay.

Although many producers in the Langhe prefer to spray copper-sulfur mixtures against fungus diseases as opposed to harsher chemicals, most producers use chemical insecticides against flavescence dorée. However, some producers do indeed use the organic alternative, pyrethrin, to combat the disease, although they admit that it is far less convenient, since it breaks down in sunlight and can be sprayed only in the evening. indd 28 • T h e P l ac e , t h e G r a pe , t h e H i s t or y, a n d t h e W i n e 24/07/14 2:29 PM three The King of Wines, the Wine of Kings while we know that the first wine called Barbaresco hails from the 1894 vintage (see chapter 14), decades after Barolo first made its appearance, it is difficult to say exactly when the latter, as we know it today, was created.

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