Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy
By Martin Isark
Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wine is going to be big and powerful!
The traditional style of Barolo: A chunky powerful red wine with assertive tannins and biting acidity that’s produced for the long haul. The very best cost hundreds of pounds a bottle. The equivalent to eating bar of 100% cocao chocolate, which can also be difficult to swallow for anyone other than the cocao purist.
The modern style of Barolo: A powerful red wine that’s produced for early drinking, circa five years of age. The fruit, tannins and the acidity has been managed by the winemaker so that it drinks well after a few years rather than having to waiting twenty years or more. The equivalent of eating bar of milk chocolate from a top producer. As the with the modern style Barolo, the preferred option for most shoppers.
Should you grab a bottle of this modern style Boroli Barolo? Yes with both hands, it’s a real palate-pleaser. Very few wine drinkers want to wait twenty years or more for an old traditional style of Barolo to become half drinkable.
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2010 Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy
This modern-style Barolo is a real palate-pleaser, it delivers sweet bramble-like fruit, spice, tar and tobacco notes that come harmoniously threaded with fine acidity and ripe tannins. A completely, different drinking experience from an old-style Barolo, that blasts your palate and overpowers your tastebuds with tongue-curling acidity and mouth-puckering tannins. 2010 tasted February 2015. Reviewed by Martin Isark
2012 Boroli Barbera D’Alba Quattro Frateli Italy
This ruby coloured red wine delivers pronounced cherry notes that come threaded with spiky acidity and firm tannins. Not an easy drinker! It will taste better with food and a few more years of cellaring. Tasted 2012, February 2015. Reviewed by Martin Isark
2011 Boroli Langhe Bel Ami Chardonnay Piedmont Italy
This well-crafted chardonnay presents elegant notes of ripe peaches, fine acidity and a dry oak lick. Drinks well, but the oak may be a tad too bitter for some drinkers. 2011 tasted Februrary 2015. Reviewed by Martin Isark