I have previously written about Barolo and listed several of my favorite producers in this area. Now I would like to briefly discuss a few of those producers, as arranged by commune. This post will deal with five of the finest vintners of La Morra, right in the heart of the Barolo zone. RENATO RATTI … Continue reading Barolos of La Morra
Castello di Barolo (Photo ©Tom Hyland) The latest vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco have just been released – 2006 for Barolo and 2007 for Barbaresco. Given this, I’d like to provide a brief recap of the last decade of vintages. 2007 – A beautiful year with wines offering lovely aromatics, lively acidity and very good … Continue reading Recent Barolo and Barbaresco Vintages
Vineyards below the town of La Morra (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I’ve just returned from Piemonte, tasting new releases of Barbaresco (2007) and Barolo (2006). I briefly wrote about these wines on my other blog (read here and here). Now I would like to go into a bit more depth on Piemontese reds in general. The … Continue reading New Reds from Piemonte – Maintaining Heritage
Sergio Germano (Photo ©Tom Hyland) “In my opinion, the 2005 Barolos are the best balanced of the last decade.” – Sergio Germano, winemaker, Ettore Germano estate, Serralunga d’Alba Each year, I am invited to taste the new vintage of Barolo at a series of special press tastings in the city of Alba, only a few … Continue reading Reevaluating 2005 Barolos
Here is another of my Top 100 producers in Italy. Painting of Cavallotto Bottle by Hannes Hofstetter One of the seminal producers of Barolo is the Cavallotto family of Castiglione Falletto. Established in 1948 by Olivio Cavallotto, the operations are run today by his offspring, siblings Alfio, Giuseppe and Laura, who continue to make wines … Continue reading Cavallotto – Top 100
Text and photos ©Tom Hyland
This past week I conducted a class at Perman Wine Selections in Chicago that included some of Italy’s finest and most famous wine types. I dubbed the class “Italy’s Killer B’s”; the wines tasted were examples of Brunello, Bolgheri, Barbera, Barbaresco and Barolo.