Currently I am taking my WSET level 2 (basically part 2 of 4 towards some fancy shmancy diploma) and this week my tasting included a Barolo. Prior to this course, I actually had no familiarity whatsoever with Barolo (nor Italian wines in general), so this was an exciting part for me.
The wine opened up after a half hour in glass (tannic and acidic, it needed to breathe a touch), and turned into quite a value. Nose of red cherry and leather gives way to flavors of that same cherry however underscored by, at first, a wet leaves note which then turned to savory game as the glass emptied.
Certainly rustic, this wine impressed me at just $22 from Superstore.
Try this if you want something to stand up to a charred steak or are having a meal with fries (the tannins and acid will be cut nicely by the oil in the fries, leaving the fantastic flavor). I had this with beef ramen, and it was actually really delicious!