Barolo wine is namedÂ after the MarchesaÂ di Barolo, a French noblewoman who marriedÂ an Italian nobleman and wasÂ responsible for producingÂ the first fine wines fromÂ Barolo in the 1850s. SheÂ left no heirs but her legacyÂ has been carried forwardÂ by the Abbona Family,Â five generation owners ofÂ Marchesi di Barolo, whoÂ continue the Marchesaâ€™sÂ pioneering work with winesÂ that are modern and yetÂ steeped in tradition.
The two eponymousÂ wines from the BaroloÂ and Barbaresco zones inÂ Piedmont produce veryÂ distinctive wines typicallyÂ characterised by aromaticÂ tar, rose, liquorice and truffleÂ notes. Often described asÂ an â€œintellectualâ€ wine with aÂ reputation for ageing well, aÂ traditional Barolo is massive,Â with a rich, classic structureÂ and powerful tanninsÂ while a Barbaresco is moreÂ elegant and approachable.
The wines Anna AbbonaÂ presented during her IndiaÂ visit, however, were in theÂ modern style â€“ softer, fruitierÂ and easy to enjoy young,Â without sacrificing depth andÂ complexity or age-worthiness.
Imported by Brindco,Â Marchesi di Barolo fine winesÂ are available in retail at LaÂ Cave, Select City Walk, Saket,
New Delhi. T4654 4210.