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Patrizi Barolo, Italy 2016


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The finest expression of the Nebbiolo grape grown in the cool Piemonte region of North Eastern Italy and made by a family owned and family run winery. In 1930 Giuseppe Manfredi purchased vineyards and a farmhouse in Langhe and began to make wine. His family followed in his footsteps and today the winery is owned and run by Aldo Manfredi and his daughters who have brought the estate up to date with modern technology and production techniques. They have the perfect balance between tradition and modern thinking and their wines reflect the families love and knowledge of this region. Grapes are hand harvested in October and wine is matured in oak barrels for 3 years before bottling.

The nose is spicy with notes of berry fruits, plum, wood smoke and leather. Dried fruit characters dominate the palate with hints of cinnamon, pink vanilla and licorice. A warm mid-palate leads to the characteristic firm, structured finish. This is a wine of exceptional harmony and richness, it is an extremely popular for us and perfect for a special occasion.

Medium bodied this wine isn’t too overpowering so is perfect without food. It does however work really well with hearty, gamey dishes such as duck or venison but is also good with vegetables roasted in garlic, olive oil and strong herbs. We tried it in a little restaurant in Italy with freshly made pasta, wild boar and a hint of truffle oil. It was such a simple dish but it stood up perfectly to the wine. The below recipe by the legendary Michel Roux Jr would be an amazing one to try.

Wild boar ragù with fresh pasta recipe – BBC Food

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