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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Fontanafredda

    Fontanafredda is located in the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating backto very ancient ...

  • Franco Conterno

    The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of un...

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

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  • Oh, you can't leave us there, GdP.  You tasted "several dozen Barolo" and not even a link to your notes? I've only had a couple Bedrocks, and they didn't blow me away.  But I have a couple more, so giving it another go.Drunk a Teroldego the other day and thought of GdP, or his relatives, anyway.  Had a Trousseau from Jura a few nights before tha... Read More

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  • No 1990 to compare, at least on this night. It was a lovely bottle. Starting to ... weekend, by several dozen Barolo. Some good, many over the hill, and some stunning! Cheers!&nbs Read More

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  • Dmcker- here in CA we drink the best and cook with the rest! LOL!  Just ... ... If a recipe calls for Barolo, I may choose a nicer, inexpensive zin (I know, a total sacrilege) or a Nebbiolo.   As far as whites, I am not picky as I use a lot of white wine to saute/deglaze pans.  Maybe OT should send me that chard Read More

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  • As usual, Chambers Street offers up some very interesting bottles at very good ... →Conterno, Aldo 1990 Barolo Riserva Gran Bussia  |  2 in stock  |  $259.99 Conterno, Aldo 1995 Barolo Riserva Gran Bussia  |  6 in stock  |  $164.99 Conterno, Aldo 1999 Barolo Riserva Gran Bussia  |  9 in stock  |  $149.99 Conterno, Giacomo 1981 Barolo (not the ... Read More

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  • There are definitely more I will have to go back and add in. Here are a couple ... ... Chardonnay.1961 Oddero Barolo2013 Dirty & Rowdy Antle Vineyard Mourved Read More

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  • JD, for me these struck a chord.2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Granbussia, Barolo Riserva2009 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast2005 Henri Prudhon & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes2009 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Read More

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  • Getting back into the flow here after the weekend away. Pictures fixed from up ... Anyhow, after opening the Barolo on night one, it was pretty clear that it would easily take an all day decant on day 2, it was just a matter of what to put it in. Luckily, my counterpart found the coffee pot, which worked well. Function first! So after polishin... Read More

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  • Stop drinking those Fenoccchios so young!  An early drinking Barolo vintage means maybe less than 10 years.  Buy some Langhe Nebbiolo, like Perbacco, if you can't wait.  I'll PM you to arrange to buy all your Fenocchios and Cascina delle Roses.Okay, keeping expectations low is great, but there's no reason you can't drink good wine for under $15 ... Read More

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  • I'm in a rut? So the Marsannay Blanc was pretty good, but the ... ... ... left when I get back.The Barolo was a hit, though we opened it last night, poured a few hours and it was closed, very tight. After today's lengthy decant was a different story, had with tri-tip, and while it might not have been singing, it was relatively open, with every... Read More

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  • We should all be worried about our use of energy, unless you have a lot more ... ... so many more vintages of Barolo and Brunello that mature in time for me to enjoy them, so 500 seems like it leaves me enough room.  I currently have about 325 bottles, more or less, and I see no real reason to increase that so much.&nbs 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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