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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Arneis

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Brovia

    “In the wonderful hills of Barolo wine, where the landscape begins to take on a different, more a...

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Costa di Bussia

    Luigi Arnulfo has been one of the first manager of Alba in the oenological field. In 1874 he boug...

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... ... but so does Barbaresco/Barolo, or Burgundy, N. Rhone wines, etc. If you're going to do sparkling with that, I'd go for something with some real age on it. But first choice wouldn't be sparkling.To answer your question - there's no reason you can't go from s... Read More

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  • Why drive?  Fox and I were hammered when we were in Napa (just ... ... max.  Now Amarone and Barolo I can sit on.  I've still got some that I bought eight years ag Read More

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  • I can't believe there would be a problem with them, Al.  I can tell ... ... you for opening up a Barolo that is not deep into its second decade of existenc Read More

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  • My favorite Oddero on the trip was actually a Barbaresco, but I would consider ... great, unadorned traditional Barolo.  Speaking of the trip, I'm definitely going back in 2016, but I'm wondering if I can wait that long.So I bought a bunch of discounted wine recently--zins, PS, a cheap PN (wish me luck, but I have had a lot of overpriced and m... Read More

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  • Look what other people have stored for us, so we can have them now in their ... website →Marcarini 1965 Barolo Brunate  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99 Marcarini 1968 Barolo Brunate   |  11 in stock  |  $129.99 Marcarini 1970 Barolo Brunate   |  17 in stock  |  $149.99 Marcarini 1971 Barolo Brunate  |  3 in stock  |  $169.99 Marcarini 1973 Barolo Br... Read More

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  • Don't apologize, we live for those posts, GregT.Emark will remember, I ... ... to use any press wine in his Barolo (Giuseppe Mascarello) is a pretty big factor in how it is more delicate and pinot like than Bartolo Mascarello, where Maria Teresa always uses the press wine.  But how much of a difference does it also make that he ferments in som... Read More

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  • Mark, I am partly responsible for the confusion because earlier (like, three ... not standardized.  Some Barolo makers use French oak, but Slovenian and Hungarian oak are at least as common.  In general, the source of the wood may not be as important because they aren't looking to get any flavor from it, but they can be very loyal to certain m... Read More

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  • I'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... the ... won't put their Barolo in new oak, period.  They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get the flavor out of it.  They think it adds harsh tannins, etc.  (Generally, they also don't toast very much, either, so you would be getting unpolymerized woo... Read More

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  • This offer from Ian Cauble is looking pretty attractive, too... Winter has ... affinity for Nebbiolo from Barolo’s Brovia family, it might be the most memorable. I was simply blown away by this wine last night as it was easily one of the most expressive and three dimensional Italian reds I’ve enjoyed all year. I think I have finally found my go... Read More

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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2010

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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. http://www.snooth.com/articles/winery-profiles/burlotto-in-2010/

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