Barolo del comune di …
What is a Barolo del comune di “La Morra” or a Barolo de comune di “Serralunga”? The Comune Barolo’s are relatively new, and were previously called just Barolo. In the Barolo region there is a distinction between Barolo and single vineyard Barolo, the difference being where the grapes come from.
Blend vs. single Vineyard
In the classic Barolo, the grapes usually come from different vineyards and are blended together into one wine, as opposed to the single vineyard Barolo, where all the grapes come from one specific vineyard.
Most winemakers these days make both a blend and single vineyard Barolo’s. I say most, but there are of course exceptions, like Maria Teresa Mascarello. There is only one Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and it’s a blend from four different vineyards. Exceptions aside, you’ll find most winemakers have both a single vineyard Barolo as well as some single vineyard Barolo’s in their line-up.
Comune vs Classic Barolo
What is the difference between the “Barolo del commune di” and the Barolo Classico? In the Comune Barolo, all the grapes come from the specific Comune, whereas in the Barolo Classico the grapes can come from any of the Barolo villages. But why make the distinction? Terroir plays an integral part in Barolo, and the terroir differs from town to town, making a Comune Barolo an interesting concept. It’s not single vineyard representing a Cru, but it does represent the Comune.
*as with the rules for single vineyard wines, they can add up to 15% of the grapes from any Barolo vineyard.
For instance, the Giovanni Corino Barolo del Comune di La Morra has quite different characteristics from the Luigi Pira Barolo del Comune di Serralunga. The La Morra Barolo is a bit more feminine and elegant, whereas the Serralunga Barolo is more masculine and structured.
Note: there are other factors that affect the wine, but it is generally accepted that the wines from La Morra are more feminine than wines from Serralunga.
Giovanni Corino Barolo del Comune di La Morra
Beautiful floral aromas, as well as cherry and other red fruit. Elegant and balanced, with a feminine touch. One year in the bottle has rounded the tannins quite a bit, and the wine has perhaps become even more approachable!
Luigi Pira Barolo del Comune di Serralunga
Aromas of cherry and black currant, darker fruits than the Barolo from La Morra. The tannins are also a bit bigger and the wine is more structured. A big but elegant wine. After one year in the bottle, the tannins are still quite persistent. I think this wine could benefit from a few more years in the cellar.