Raineri Barolo Monserra 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Barolo Monserra represents the finest wine in the Raineri portfolio. A beautifully lifted nose of rose petal and fresh red fruits is supported by darker tar, earth and wood smoke aromas. The palate has great freshness and depth, nicely balanced by rich fruits and some anise spice. The length and purity of the finish marks this wine as a serious Barolo and stunning value.
James Suckling - "Intense amount of roses on the nose with dark fruits and sandalwood. Full bodied, with intense fruit and chewy, polished tannins. This is muscular, but agile with so much there. What balance to this wine. What depth here. Impressive producer who I am just getting to know."
In 2004 Gianmatteo (Jimmy) Raineri and Fabrizio Giraudo met at the wine university in Torino. After some discussion, they decided to have some fun and try their luck in making some wine from a vineyard belonging to Jimmy’s father. A year later, they had about 1000 bottles of Dolcetto and were interested in taking it a bit further by adding Barbera to their list. The results were good and a real passion developed, leading to the serious decision to start producing Barolo. In 2006, Jimmy’s father in law helped by giving the guys the nebbiolo from his vineyard in Perno of Monforte. The harvest of 2006 became the first Barolo vintage for the Raineri team, together with a Langhe Nebbiolo. View all Raineri Wines
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.