Mirafiore Paiagallo Barolo 2016

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Founded in 1878 by Italy's Royal Family, the Mirafiore winery is the estate that gave Barolo its famed nickname: "The King of Wines, the Wine of Kings." It is named after Emanuele Alberto Guerrieri di Mirafiori, the son of King Vittorio Emanuele II, the first monarch to rule after Italy's unification and the first to make wine on what would become the E. Mirafiore estate. The King bequeathed the property to Emanuele, who turned out to be a talented and industrious entrepreneur. He built a village at Fontanafredda, principally for his employees and set about embracing modern techniques as early as 1887 when his property was the first to use concrete barrels in Europe. By 1890, Guerrieri's wines were exported internationally, and his reputation had become synonymous with quality and consistency. 

Delicate aromas of forest berry, new leather, violet and camphor waft out of the glass. Elegantly structured, the savory palate doles out strawberry compote, crushed raspberry and star anise alongside bright acidity. It's full bodied but the lithe tannins and the freshness give it an almost weightless feel.

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