Barolo or Brunello?

Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino are two of the most famous appellations in Italy. Do you know the difference between the two? Do you have a personal preference for either? This brief article will help you learn a little bit more about these wines.

Barolo DOCG

It is the flagship appellation of the Piedmont region, in Northwest Italy. Barolo wines are red and made with 100% nebbiolo grapes.

Barolos are highly-tannic wines, quite astringent in their youth. They generally require several years of ageing before they can be appreciated to their full potential. Cherry, licorice, dried flower petals, cocoa and leather are among the typical aromas and flavours of Barolo wines, depending on their age.

The appellation regulations require that wines be aged for a minimum of three years prior to release, five years for Barolo Riserva.

See Barolo wines imported by Les 2 Raisins.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Montalcino is a village located in the province of Siena, in Tuscany. Brunello is a clone of the varietal sangiovese. Brunello di Montalcino DOCG wines are red wines made with 100% sangiovese, and among the most revered in Tuscany.

Brunellos combine power and finesse. They are typically less tannic than Barolos, but just as age-worthy. They often yield, depending on their age, aromas and flavours of red and black berries, spices, herbs, tobacco, leather and balsamic.

The appellation regulations require that wines be aged for a minimum of five years prior to release, six years for Brunello Riserva.

Brunello wines are a specialty of Les 2 Raisins. See our selection available through PI and through SAQ.

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