Can anyone clarify for me if the communes of production for Barolo are themselves MGA's? Masnaghetti's book doesn't mention it, nor does the compendium, so I am inclined to think that they are not.
From Kerin O'Keefe's Barolo and Barbaresco published in 2014: "According to the Consorzio, today there are 181 official geographic mentions, 170 vineyard areas, and 11 village designations (Barbaresco by the way does not have these village-only designations on labels)"
I feel like that only throws gasoline on the fire
ahhh.. math..... 170+11.... So that is effectively a yes, they are MGA's.
The 11 communes are themselves MGAs, they are included in the official list of MGAs in the disciplinare. They are designated on the label as "del comune di..." (i.e Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba)
From Ian D'Agata's mouth, the communes themselves count as MGAs.