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The King of Wines

Image of an Italian villa Barolo the king of wines

Barolo has been said for centuries to be the king of wines and the wine of kings. And so it is!

There is nothing that says the recipient is worthy of the best, nothing that says elegance, no wine that speaks of confidence, strength and tradition like Barolo.

That is why Metro Wines has set the “Barolo Wall” for the holidays with over 20 different Barolos. You can choose your style, vintage, and the amount of age the bottle has seen. It is uncommon for any wine shop to have such an extensive collection of so fine a wine as Barolo!

What is this magic? Barolo is a red wine produced in Piedmont, Italy. Made from Nebbiolo, a small, thin-skinned grape, the wine is generally high in acid and tannins. To be called “Barolo” in Italy, the bottle must be 100% Nebbiolo. No exceptions. And no additives to soften the natural tannins which is why a bottle of Barolo needs age! And why you need a knowledgeable shopkeeper to guide you through selections.

Of the many bottles we have on our “Barolo Wall,” one stands out, Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi 2013. To make a very long and historic story short, this winery dates back to 1806. Somewhere along the line, Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo delivered 365 bottles of Barolo to King Charles Albert, one for each day of the year. Barolo became the official wine of the Savoy Court. Word traveled through Europe and, hence, the name the “Wine of Kings” was coined.

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi, 2013 is garnet red in the glass with striking ruby reflections. You will find aromas of intense perfume with convincing scents of roses, vanilla, licorice, spice and toasted oak with a wisp of absinthe. On the palate, the wine is full and elegant with good body, the spicy notes and oak blended in perfect harmony and the soft aromas continue becoming flavor.

Grape vines in I(taly Barolo the king of wines

Cannubi is a long, gently sloping hill in the middle of Barolo protected by the surrounding hills. The soils here mix to form a blue-grey marl rich which, after contact with the air and elements, produces clays and fine sands saturated with limestone.

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate scores this wine at 93 points saying: “The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a fine and delicate expression with big floral intensity. You get dried lavender and rose hip on first nose. Below those more fragrant layers are solid aromas of wild cherry and red currant.”

Wine Spectator also awarded 93 points saying this wine evokes cherry, strawberry, mineral and tobacco flavors. Best to drink between 2022-2038.

Noted Australian Wine Critic James Suckling gave this wine 95 points. His review says the wine presents soft and velvety tannins, lush fruit and a dark berry character.

And both Wine Enthusiast and Decanter gave this wine 90 points.

Whether for your table, your cellar or as a gift, it’s time Marchesi di Barolo!

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