A number of grapes are grown in the Piedmont region. White grapes are Cortese (Gavi), Erbaluce, Arneis, Chardonnay, and Moscato (Moscato d'Asti, or many of you may remember Asti Spumante). Red Wine grapes are Dolcetto, Brechetto, Grignolino, Barbera, and the one we'll concentrate on: Nebbiolo.
The "best" Barolos are intense, complex wines with aromas of roses, plums, leather, licorice and tar. In the palate, there is sweet, savory and spicy...all in one. As I said, complex and intense.
I mentioned price...these are not inexpensive wines, but that doesn't mean can't afford them. Unlike the inaccessible Bordeaux or Burgundies, Barolo is still reasonable for what you get. As a hint, I been finding some very good prices on the www.wtso.com website.
So, why the "king" of Italian wines? There is a saying about Barolo...."It is the king of wines, and the wine of kings".
I look forward to hearing about your Barolo finds, thoughts and food pairings. These wines are some of my favorites, and I hope you have a chance to try them too!