Barolo wine is produced from the Nebbiolo grape in the Italian region of Piedmont. Often described as one of Italy's best red wines, Barolo wine often carries aromas of tar and roses, and it is notable for its ability to age well. Barolo has a light red color and is always clear (not opaque), although it can take on a rust- or brick-colored tinge to the rim as it ages. Traditional Barolos are very rich in tannins, and can take up to a decade to age, while modern versions, tailored to the international market, are softer and fruitier.
Barolo is usually a sweet wine, but the varieties in elevation and two major soil types across the Barolo zone means that the wine can vary in acidity, aromatics, and body. However, you can usually count on a rich, full-bodied wine with pronounced acidity and a light, ruby-like color. Aroma profiles are known to include dried fruit, chocolate, camphor, strawberries, truffles, plum, and spice. Barolo is best paired with rich meat dishes, heavy pasta, and risotto.