Originally Posted by indesertum
clearly i am very ignorant. For some reason I thought est est est was a wine
I've never had a barolo. I think that will be next purchase
IMO a key to learning about Italian wine is to understand it by DOCG or DOC. Less emphasis on the grapes for a number of sub-regions, though a bunch of important Tuscans or Piedmont wines will be made up of a fairly few varietals (barolo and barbaresco are Nebbiolo, Brunello is Sangeovese), and more emphasis on the typicity or terroire of the DOCG.
Chateaneuf du Pape is a good comparison - something like 13 or 15 varietals are allowed in the production, though most people could only name a few (... grenache, mouvedre, syrah, Roussanne, something like that...) but the key to enjoying the region is not emphasizing the exact blend employed by producer X vs Y, it's more about understanding what is typical of a wine labeled Chateaneuf du Pape. A lot of my understanding of Italian wines is taken by a similar apporach.
FWIW, a few years ago Manton and I were at a tasting and a $65 bottle of Corino Barolo blew us away. For the quality, $65 was a complete joke. He has some in his cellar now.