Barolo wines are made from Nebbiolo—a small, thin skinned red grape, high in acidity, and that can be quite tannic when young. Barolo wines must be made solely of Nebbiolo. The Langhe district of northwestern Piedmont is divided into two parts. The Serralunga Valley encompasses the eastern communes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, and Serralunga d’Alba. The Central Valley covers Barolo proper and La Morra. The prices for Barolo have jumped in recent years, but with the string of excellent vintages backing up inventories, we now see many values in the market. These are great winter reds to serve with mushroom risotto, polenta with truffle salt, and simply prepared roast chicken.

2014 Marcarini Barolo ‘La Serra’ La Morra 50.00 41.50VS

2014 Luigi Pira Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 42.00 34.86VS

2014 Renato Corino Barolo La Morra 45.00 37.35VS

2014 Marengo Barolo La Morra 45.00 37.35VS

2014 Scavino Barolo Castiglione Falletto 45.00 37.35VS

2013 Massolino Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 50.00 41.50VS

2014 Luigi Baudana Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 50.00 41.50VS

2013 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Barolo 50.00 41.50VS