I had the Marchesi di Barolo Barolo 2007 in a rather unlikely place. Picture this: crowded Chinese restaurant complete with gaudy pink tablecloths, malfunctioning air-conditioner, and plates of salty peanuts on the tables. We brought our own wine, corkage was waived. And it was in this unlikely situation that I found this Barolo to be unlike any Barolo I had ever tasted. That was my mistake, I suppose, expecting this to be typical. And by typical, I mean powerful, all poise and intensity, the King of wines, and all that.
On the contrary, it was surprisingly light for a Barolo and incredibly elegant. Produced in the commune of Barolo itself, this wine can be drunk relatively young. For stronger, more power-packed expressions of the Barolo, try those made in Serralunga instead, although immediate gratification won’t be on the cards. You’d have to wait a good 20, 30 years perhaps.
So if you’re a Barolo virgin, eager to give the King a shot, the Marchesi di Barolo 2007 will be your best bet.