I am like a kid in a candy store when I am at Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan. I talk about how I go in and do some wine tastings, and before anyone thinks that I am getting anything special, I am, but the next person that walks in will get the same special treatment. I am not anyone special and I certainly don’t try to get anything special, the only odd thing is that when I do a wine tasting, is that I take a photo before I sample the wine, and that may raise an eyebrow or two. I thought it was interesting that the next two wines that I tasted were both Barolo wines and from 2012.
The first wine was Monchiero Roche di Castiglione Falletto Barolo DOCG 2012 and while I have had the wine before, I thought it would be interesting to compare it to another wine while I had the chance. Monchiero Vini, which is the proper name of the winery began in the Fifties selling their grapes to other wineries, and by the Seventies that had begun producing their own wines, Monchiero Vini makes this wine from Nebbiolo grapes and it ages the wine for thirty months in Slavonian Oak and then it ages for an additional eighteen months in the bottle before it is released and they produced three thousand bottles of this wine. I noticed that both times my notes referred to this wine as a classic Barolo.
The second wine was Poderi Luigi Einaudi Terlo Barolo DOCG 2012. The Einaudi family has been there since 1897 when the farm was bought, and in 1915 the cellar was created so that wine could be made. Since the winery is rather vague about the technical aspects of making the wine, I will mention the guidelines that are required to be a Barolo, besides being in the area and made with Nebbiolo grapes. Barolo requires thirty-eight months of aging of which a minimum of eighteen months in oak barrels, then the balance in bottle, or any combination of the two. The Terlo vineyard was planted in 1977, so the vines are at least forty years of age. This second Barolo was very impressive as the terroir was very heavy and impressive right from the start. Here was a wine that made me immediately write down terroir, and it was full bodied and I think it could enjoy a good ten years in cellar to really be something awesome. La Dolce Vita.