The Tor di Vento Barolo DOCG 2008, from Nebbiolo grapes, comes from Terre da Vino in the Langhe region of Italy (although Terre da Vino no longer has the Tor di Vento on their website, so it has either been rebranded or something to that effect).
For a barolo, the Tor di Vento is surprisingly light in the glass.
On opening, a tight nose of sour cherries and maybe even cranberries, with some heat from alcohol.
Light on the palate. The sour berries follow through from the nose, and old-world earthiness.
There is a lively acidity almost reminiscent of a classic Pinot Noir. Tannins are moderate, and there’s a medium finish.
The Tor di Vento opens up slowly, with the heat cooling off and the fruitiness becoming more pronounced. It remains on the shy side, though with decanting, this wine goes from good to great, so make sure not to rush this one.
Like so many Italian wines, the Tor di Vento is a food lover. Spit-roasted chicken or a creamy pasta would go well.
At under 20 bucks at Wine Chateau, this Barolo has bang for the buck.
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