Barolo Wine

Barolo, a.k.a. “The king of wines, the wine of kings” is perhaps the most prestigious wine produced in Italy, in the Piedmont province. It’s based on the Nebbiolo grape, which is notoriously difficult to grow. In fact, the earliest Barolos (documented as far back as the 13th century) were produced in a sweeter style, with more residual sugar due to the winemakers’ lack of control over the cooler regional temperatures. The fermentation process would halt too early under the frigid conditions, and the lack of proper yeasts would bring up the alcohol and sugar content. But for centuries, everyone seemed to be OK with this. 

The name most likely derives from the Celts, who dwelled in the region in ancient times and referred to it as “bas reul,” low-lying place. In the Medieval age it was called Villa Barogly, and then by 1600, Barrolo or Barollo. Eventually the single “r” and “l” spelling came about, probably to avoid further argument. Speaking Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Michele Chiarlo

    Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of pro...

  • Cambria Winery

    Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located t...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

    Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has be...

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  • Rckr, you'll notice that word "epiphany" in posts.  ... ... ... ago, drinking the great Barolos with GdP in 2014.  My appreciation of wine has been an ever-changing thing, which I suspect plays a role in why wine drinkers stay engaged with the world and seem sharper in their seniority.  (Up to a point, I suppose.)  Nothing will take the top o... Read More

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  • RICHARD - I agree with comments and Vietti is a good producer but also ... OUT ... OUT FOR SURE.  A GOOD BAROLO THAT WON'T BREAK BANK ALSO THE 2011 G.D. VAJRA "ALBE" BAROLO AT ABOUT $35.  PAUL&nbs Read More

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  • Can we go back to the Nebbiolo discussion?  Those timelines were all ... ... and recoup money, esp when Barolo and Barbaresco got spendy and trendy.  Yes, some changes in the winemaking tamed the wines so you could drink them earlier, and riper grapes have moved things in that direction a bit as well, but the wines, particularly the traditiona... Read More

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  • Thanks for that Rckr.  Mauro MAscarello of Giuseppe Mascarello i Figli m akes his Barolo in glass lined concrete tanks.  That would solve quite a few of the problems, but the glass is presumably fiberglass with its own set of issues.  Read More

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  • I always carry stuff vertically, but perhaps holding things on their sides is ... did I rush out and buy 2013 Barolo?  Of course not, it hasn't been released yet, and there's hardly any en primeur market.  (I could ask, I guess...) But instead I bought futures of 2015 wines--birth year bottles for my grand-nephew.  Not red bordeaux, which I co... Read More

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  • OT - yeah but not always.Basic Barberesco has to get 26 months total age before ... at least 9 in barrel.Basic Barolo needs 38 months total age with at least 18 in barrel, and the Riserva needs 62 months with at least 18 in barrel.Both of those need to be 100% Nebbiolo.Basic Roero needs 20 months with at least 6 in barrel, and the Riserva needs... Read More

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  • Consider the Barolo bottlings - used to be 5 - FIVE - years just to consider drinking them, highly tannic and acid.ic  With better viticulture and winemaling they usually only sit for 3 years upon release.  Like Brunello though some delay that even more depending on barrel tasting (There are several 2011 Barbarescos and Barolos just released.) b... Read More

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  • Okay, in additon to picking up a case of Barolo/Barbaresco via trade from JD back in April, I've been stocking up on bits and pieces of things.  I bought 4 bottles of old vintage Beaulieu from K&L for $30 per, a pair of 1990 and a pair of 1996.  One 1990 went down the drain, one sits in the cellar waiting to see if it suffered the same fate whil... Read More

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  • Hi Big Al! Sorry for the so late reply. The wines were from Piedmont ... ... that are used to drinking Barolo and Barbaresco. I would just call it an ethnic wine dinner to prepare them to drink mango or plum wine Read More

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  • Bottom feeding with backvintage, 06 and 08, Barolo. I just tasted through 2012s with more than a dozen producers and I'm not going to be buying many of them. The prices, at least the asking prices, aren't going down and will make well priced back vintage examples look all too appealing. The Burlotto wines were the stars of the tastings by the wa... Read More

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  • Don't miss today's article on the wine of GB Burlotto! Some of my favorite from Piedmont, and always well priced.

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