Barolo "Perno", Oreste Stefano
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Barolo "Perno", Oreste Stefano - 2017

Item # 34975 750mL

From Perno, in the heart of the Barolo region, is a classic example of traditionally crafted Barolo. Aged in old Slavonian oak barrels with notes of violet and raspberry and elegant tannin. Enjoy the fresh flavors of its youth or put away in the cellar for a decade.

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This bottle is pretty old-school Barolo. The Stefano family only uses big, old Slavonian oak and doesn't inoculate with yeasts or control temperature during fermentation. It's got more acid than you might expect in a red wine. If I was going to describe the flavor profile to you, I'd talk about sweet tar, roasted herbs, fennel, and tobacco before anything else. Yet for all that, there is an immediacy and concentration to the fruit (boysenberry, dried red cherries) that's hard to find in young Barolo. The tannins are present, but hardly overwhelming or tight like most young Barolo. It's a refined, elegant style of Nebbiolo that you can easily enjoy in it's youth, but one with the stuffing and savory aromatic complexity to keep on changing and delighting in the years to come.




The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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