I love Vivino, but if you read my blog you already knew that. If you also use Vivino, then you’re aware that sometimes, when scanning a wine, it will tell you “It’s like waiting for Barolo,” and you continue to wait in eager anticipation. Recently, one of my Vivino followers called me out on “only drinking California wines,” and I didn’t correct her, but more accurately, I pretty much only drink Napa and Sonoma wines. This isn’t by design, please understand, it’s just that I have far better access to good wine from Napa than I do to good wine from other places. Couple that with my relationships with many in Napa and Sonoma, my love for visiting the area, and the contents of my cellar, and it isn’t hard to see why I don’t go far out of my way to pay a lot of money for French and Italian imports.
But being called out bugged me a bit, of course, and in truth I know I need to branch out, if for no other reason than that I’ll never pass my next WSET exam if I don’t figure out the difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux (NOTE: I do know the difference, it was just an alliterative and hyperbolic example, please do not respond with the “correct” answer, thank you). So today, when I came into Brix for the weekly half-off ritual, I was excited when my friend Mark pointed me to a Barolo recently added to the by-the-glass menu and suggested I try it. Of course, I took his suggestion.
“What have I been missing,” I asked myself? This wine was exciting from start to finish, in a way that most of the old world wines I’ve had were not. Where Super Tuscans and Left Bank Bordeaux have failed to wow me, this relatively young Barolo bowled me over. The tasting notes are included in my photograph above, but the bottom line is that I had apparently been waiting for Barolo all this time and didn’t even realize it. This, of course, is one of those great “joy of discovery” moments that wine reviewers talk about. I love trying a new wine and loving it, and I’d fallen into a bit of a rut. Perhaps this beautiful Barolo will help pull me out of it.
This in no way impacts my enthusiasm for my upcoming trip to Napa and Sonoma in a couple weeks, my third such trip in a year. That said, it does remind me to keep trying new things, to always keep an open mind, and to enjoy great wines no matter where they were made or by whom. As promised in my review, I wrote the blog. With thanks to Luigi Oddero and my friend Mark for the important reminder.