Wine tasting: Barolo vs. Brunello

Wine glasses
Ready to start

Wine tastings are one of my favourite activities – not only do you get to spend time with people who have similar likes (wine), but you get to learn about something I’m passionate about (wine) and drink yummy things (wine).

Last week, my sister and I attended a tasting at Metrovino: Barolo vs. Brunello. This tasting was so popular in the fall that they did a winter session, and it was well worth the wait.


We drink a lot of Okanagan wine because we visit the area annually, and we see a lot of French, American and Australian wine when we go to events, drink at restaurants, etc. But Italian wines are one I’m not as familiar with  – but I love big reds so I thought this tasting would be informative.

We tried six wines:

  • 2012 La Torre Brunello di Montalcino
  • 2012 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino
  • 2010 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
  • 2013 Bruno Rocca Barbaresco
  • 2013 G.B. Burlotto Barolo
  • 2011 Mascarello Barolo Monprivato
The Lineup
The line-up

You can see my scribbled notes below.

My favourite three are as below:

2010 Poggio di Sotto Brunello Montalcino

This wine was a dark ruby, with a medium intensity on the nose. I got a lot of dried fruit, like cherries and dates, on the nose – delicious! This medium body wine was silky with medium acidity, and you got a surprising amount of fresh fruit on the palate, despite the dried fruit on the nose. Could definitely lay this one down for a long time.

2013 G.B. Burlotto Barolo

A clear medium ruby, my first impression was barnyard on the nose (truly) with some ripe fruit lingering in the background. Surprisingly, it’s the fruit that came to the forefront on the palate – well balanced with medium acidity and medium to high tannins.

2011 Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

This baby was also medium ruby, with floral notes and dried fruit on the nose. Much more savory on the palate, silky smooth with medium body. I could have drank this one all night.

All in all, a delicious evening. One of my favourite parts about attending a tasting is that you get to try wines you wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to, like the $199 bottles. Sadly, I didn’t purchase either of those, but I did go home with three (one from the tasting menu, one from a vineyard on the tasting menu and a random pick) so that’s a successful night!

Tasting Menu
My tasting notes

Have you been to any wine tastings lately? Which one, and how was it?



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