Michele Chiarlo Barolo
With 110ha, Chiarlo is one of the most substantial vineyard owners in Piedmont. A major part of this is for Barbera d’Asti production but it also includes some top crus for Nebbiolo and a chunk of Gavi. While the wines are competently made it is often the Barberas (particularly the consistently fine La Court) that impress as much as the Barbaresco and Barolos. The latter despite their origins, can seem a little inelegant when tasted alongside their peers. Of recent releases the Cerequio shows the most purity and style, as well as balance. Barbaresco Asili shows fine quality too but is deceptive in its accessibility, and like the Barolos needs time for the tannic backbone to soften.
To find out more about Michele Chiarlo and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide North-West Italy..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.