hose who look at the Piedmontese wine scene may find themselves in the position of investigating the difference between Nebbiolo and Barolo: two excellences that describe a land rich in history and flavors, starting from the deepest roots.
The genesis of excellent wine is a synthesis exercise. A work of translation that involves the cycle of the seasons and the uniqueness of the territory, the wine culture and the structure of the land, which encloses the breadth of the landscape in the volume of a bottle. It is a wonder that has been celebrated for thousands of years: a story that passes from generation to generation, a secret across the different vintages to reveal itself in the unmistakable taste of every single sip.
The exceptional depository of these perceptions is a grape tied in two strands with a generous territory, rich in beauty and nuances: Nebbiolo. The native grape variety of Piedmont par excellence, noble and exclusive, requires expert and wise cultivation. The Langhe region – a land where Nebbiolo reaches splendid quality peaks – is home to powerful and elegant wines at the same time, full-bodied and structured.
A remarkable viticultural history, of international fame, starts from the single grape: a black and precious berry, in which it is possible to recognize the origin of the name: the dense opacity of the skin – given by an abundance of bloom – suggests the typical shielding of the fog, the same that rests on the soft hills of the Langhe in the harvest season.
The Boroli family has known every detail of Nebbiolo, in all its seasons, for over 30 years. Among these, to savor the most evocative notes of this wine excellence, 2021 was a particularly generous and balanced year, with a mild climate and good rainfall. The Langhe Doc Nebbiolo by Achille Boroli from 2021 is a bottle full of character and freshness, to be enjoyed in company, one sip at a time to enjoy the progress of all the sensory stimuli. It has a bright red color, with fresh and fruity notes – reminiscent of plum and black cherry and the tannins are velvety and harmonious; a balanced stimulus architecture, the perfect expression of the reference cru, which is a dialogue between product and territory, between product and processing excellence.
Speaking of processing, what is the difference between Nebbiolo and Barolo? Let’s start with the main aspect: Nebbiolo is the grape variety, and Barolo is one of the wines produced by the wine-making of Nebbiolo grapes. We will go into more detail below.