ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.
COST: $30 per person
REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.
Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.
Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many Barolo remains a mystery. Is it too expensive for what is in the glass? Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins? When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for a 100 years? And what do you drink it with? Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just by looking at the label?
With our first flight, we begin as the Piedmontese would want us to – with a brief exploration of the grapes that lead up to Barolo’s magnificence: Barbera, with its juicy upfront acidity and now wide ranging stylistic choices; and Dolcetto, the “little sweet one” with dark tannic depths in which you can revel. We finish with a regional Nebbiolo, our introduction to the wine of Kings.
In the second flight, we consider Barolo’s two major soil types, Helvetian and Tortonian, and their effect on the fruit character, tannic structure, and acidity of the wine. These characteristics will be linked to the wines’ flavor profiles with discussion of ageability and single vineyards, or “crus.”
The third flight is an exploration of the “Barolo Boys” (now mostly daughters) and the modern winemaking techniques they brought to Barolo. These wines will be contrasted with traditional producers.
This tasting aims to be a fun-loving, yet sensorially detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine. We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the winemaking styles that all make Barolo what it is today.
Wines to be tasted:
2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi $109.99
2010 Paolo Conterno Ginestra Barolo $89.99
2012 Elio Altare Barolo $69.99
2013 Revello C Barolo R.G. $64.99
2015 de Forville Barbaresco $39.99
2009 Clerico Massimo Lessona $49.99
2016 Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto Dogliani $19.99
2015 Sottimano Barbera Pairolero $21.99
2014 Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo $24.99
& a bonus wine for those who arrive early!
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