Fratelli Revello Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
#57 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
Deep ruby red in color. The nose has full, sweet, ripe red fruit, plum jam and sweet wood notes. Flavors are vigorous, quite soft, warm, tannic, fresh and persistent.
Try with grilled red meat or seasoned cheeses.
Wine Spectator - "Hinting at rose and eucalyptus, with a core of cherry and licorice, this sinewy red stays firm and tightly wound. The fruit is always skirting around the edges, matching sweetness against the tannins on the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,500 cases made. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Barolo is once again impeccable. Nothing in particular really stands out here, instead the wine impresses with its superb harmony. Bouquet, fruit and structural elements come together beautifully in the glass, with everything balanced in just the right measure. The finish is long, pure and refined. Revello’s 2006 Barolo is easily one of the best entry-level Barolos readers are likely to come across. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep red. Aromas of black cherry, tobacco and marzipan. At once silky and lively on the palate, with an almost candied quality to the strawberry and violet flavors. Firm acidity and a balsamic nuance give this wine good lift and energy. Aged entirely in barriques, 20% new. A very successful basic Barolo."
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Fratelli Revello Winery
Revello Farms, run by the brothers Carlo and Lorenzo, is located in frazione Annunziata in the commune of La Morra. In the estate vineyards Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Nebbiolo and Barolo are produced. Vineyards are taken care of by hand, as well as the harvest, according to the old tradition (pruning in July, harvest between 15 of September and 15 of October). View all Fratelli Revello Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.