Barolo wine is named after the Marchesa di Barolo, a French noblewoman who married an Italian nobleman and was responsible for producing the first fine wines from Barolo in the 1850s. She left no heirs but her legacy has been carried forward by the Abbona Family, five generation owners of Marchesi di Barolo, who continue the Marchesa’s pioneering work with wines that are modern and yet steeped in tradition.
The two eponymous wines from the Barolo and Barbaresco zones in Piedmont produce very distinctive wines typically characterised by aromatic tar, rose, liquorice and truffle notes. Often described as an “intellectual” wine with a reputation for ageing well, a traditional Barolo is massive, with a rich, classic structure and powerful tannins while a Barbaresco is more elegant and approachable.
The wines Anna Abbona presented during her India visit, however, were in the modern style – softer, fruitier and easy to enjoy young, without sacrificing depth and complexity or age-worthiness.
Imported by Brindco, Marchesi di Barolo fine wines are available in retail at La Cave, Select City Walk, Saket,
New Delhi. T4654 4210.