A bit like rating the prettiest Ferraris…kinda hard to go wrong. But interesting nonetheless. Barolo is getting more and more discovered, and frankly it’s out of the price tolerance for most fans of Italian wine already.
The only answer is to go to Italy and drink it at the source.
Barolo’s Greatest Vineyards Ranked
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Barolo is one of the hottest wine collectibles today. But Italian laws and classifications can make navigating the landscape a tar pit for the collector who simply wants to get in, find the best of these great Italian wines, and get out. Unlike Burgundy, which has official categorizations for vineyards and the Médoc, which ranks its estates, Italy’s Piedmont region has no official hierarchy of the great Barolo vineyards.
It was Renato Ratti who first put his imprimatur on a map ranking the top “prima” categories in the 1970s. Ratti’s map was inspired by an unofficial Barolo classification written by Francesco Arrigoni and Elio Ghisalberti for Luigi Veronelli’s book “The Wines of Italy”…
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