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 ...

  • 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...

  • Arneis

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

  • Barbera

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

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  • Cavallotto

    HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crownin...

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

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  • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera Piemonte DOC 2016


    Clear cranberry juice coloration and rather oily around the inside of my wine glass. Aromas that are of super concentrated fruits (grape/bing cherry/blackberry/blueberry), along with plummy spice, dry Earthy notes and some alcohol burn. The flavors follow suit and provide a deep, rich fruit-berry profile, with pronounced blackberry, blueberry,... Read More

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  • Winding down from all the Christmas, New Year's Eve and B-day ... to ... to balance out that '58 Barolo with this '13 Christopher Creek Petite Sirah. Where the Barolo was almost clear, full of orange rind, fully integrated tannins and still lively acidity, this PS is dark and inky with loads of ripe dark blue fruit and some some medium grained... Read More

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  • Congratulations on your 60th birthday V V.  My 59th comes up later this ... ... to hear you enjoyed that Barolo thoug Read More

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  •  Big birthdays deserve special wines.  Purchased this a month ago and ... and ... great to drink a Barolo that is still going strong but doesn't choke you with tannin. &nbs Read More

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  • Barolo Cannubi Damilano 2009


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • I just noticed, Al, that in your thread title you used the word ... ... orders:  2 X bottles of Barolo and 4 X bottles of Chardonnay.  So, that is how I calculated my expected $1.20 benefit.Of course, now, in order to take advantage of this windfall, I have to get back on the WTSO mailing lis Read More

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  • Good luck with the Barolo VV, nice to see someone take a swing on one of the Chambers postings. Also looking good on the Alsace! Read More

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  • Been dabbling a bit with on-line wine purchases.Grabbed those 6 Alsatian ... ... bought a special birth year Barolo which arrived today.  Gonna stand this bad boy up for a couple weeks and on my B-day, hope for the bes Read More

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  • Interesting review from Jancis Robinson on the Bera Barbaresco. Where I was ... ... Lannesan and the crappy Barolo) and raucously drunk at the same time. I knew if he kept serving them up they'd keep evaporating, so I told him to keep the rest for his own enjoyment and let those who just wanted to gargle kill off the Barolo and the remains of... Read More

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  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... ... '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain nameless, and a Bera Barbaresco '12. The last was the WOTN but that was only that night, though I'd be happy to have it as a daily anytime. It was drinking remarkably well for a five-year-old B... 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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