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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

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  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... ... in her new book on Barolo and Barbaresco (touted on here by our pal GdP) says Barboursville is one of two wineries outside Italy that can actually make good Nebbiolo. And if you ever want to dig your toes into the sands at the edge of the Finger Lakes, they... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... i.e. non-Barbaresco/Barolo. Those are also interesting and in some cases pretty good.Not to hijack your thread but for me the most unusual is something that has very little acreage in CA.If anyone is interested, here are the grapes that constitute one percent or less of th... Read More

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  • You yellow bastard! Come back here and takes what's coming to you! I'll ... ... Syrah ($80), a '99 Barolo and a 2009 Napa Cab) and although they were very nice, none touched me the way this one did last night.  Maybe the one I had last night just made some olfactory reaction...but it was magic. Read More

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  • Take aged Bordeaux, Barolo, Rioja. Stuff that's been around 40-60 years, even if stored properly we're talking about a wine that was probably about 13.5% on release then resolving to about 12% or less perhaps.I've had some wine that old, but regardless my theory is that older wines would be apt to come off as alcoholic, if the alcohol were to re... Read More

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  • Okay, so I have been away, but I am really excited about those Fenocchio Bussia ... ... I am pretty light on Barolo experience, so I kept wondering if I was an idiot for liking the wines so much.  After all, how could those guys have missed it on all their past visits if it was really so good?  Turns out the winery has sold almost everything i... Read More

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  • Drinking these before 2020 would be a sin.  Barolo definitely can age.  I just had a Conterno 1999 on the day of that football game last weekend.  It was a gorgeous brick colour and was nowhere near it's peak.  It still needed some air.  I think Fox has the same one, but a higher rank. Read More

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  • My wife made soft tacos and all that kind of stuff. My boos and his wife came ... Gigondas, followed by a 1999 Barolo, then a 2010 Silverback Syrah (which was nuts!  couldn't think of a follow-up but...) then a 2009 Hendry Cab which my boss said was the wine of the night.  Chester said they were all good, and I agree.  They were big changes, e... Read More

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  • Getting close to kickoff time.Not sure how to answer that, Al.  Right Bank ... the house.  I have some Barolo, but I was pretty sure I did not want to use that for cooking.  Finally, I settled on this.  Heck a lot of other people seem to be going for Zinfandel, today.In another conversation OT mentioned that 2011 was a difficult year for Zinfan... Read More

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  • Byron Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard 2012


    Great density and mouth feel for a pinot at this price point. nicely balanced, and I personally prefer pinots with darker fruit characteristics, but my only criticism would be that this is somewhat one dimensional... black cherry flavor dominates. Still an amazing value. Read More

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  • Ditto on the Somm, what great unnecessary service!At least you had the Caymus ... ... again give that Damilano Barolo a try. It might bite back at you a bit as its so young, so make sure you have some hearty food to pair it wit 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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