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 ...

  • Arneis

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Barbera

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

  • 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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  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Rocche Costamagna

    On May 15, 1841 the police office of the royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna,...

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

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  • Rocca Felice Langhe Rosso Arbat 2015


    This is a blend of barbara and nebbiolo and both show through at different times. The nose is nebbiolo but is barbara on entry with sharp acidity and finishes with the classic dryness of the nebbiolo. I really like the blend, just wish it showed more fruit. The search continues. Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, ... ... Syrah, much less Bordeaux or Barolo - they're suggesting the wines be used in spritzers, mixers, etc. And they add fruit flavors and juices. If they source from anywhere other than their own land, they probably buy from others in Ohio - it's not going to be worth s... Read More

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  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and ... ... ... how much I like to drink Barolo during the dog days of July, this white from Caravaglio comes along and ruins me for reds for the rest of the summer. If there’s a better evocation of sea and sun, I’ve yet to taste it—this 2016 Malvasia Bianca from Antonino C... Read More

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  • Sorry I haven't posted recently, the CFO and I and two of our good ... and ... ... and ales I spotted this Barolo on the wine list and knew I needed a fix.  Not a bad wine for £38 but nothing like some others I've had.  Medium bodied with that cranberry/red cherry note upfront, fairly tame tannins and a nice lingering finish.  As usual for a ... Read More

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  • So, there were no 2013 Barolo wines at my favorite wine shop this afternoon on my Cat Tuesday activities.  They had 2010, 2011, and 2012 bottles though.  I bought a 2016 Sancerre and a 2012 Bordeaux instead, so I'm still happy.   Read More

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  • I have a few 2010 Barolo's in a 8-bottle wine cooler, so I just want to get one or two of the 2013 vintage to hang on to them for a while.  I'll ask at my wine shop today and see what's available there.  Thanks RC & GT. Read More

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  • Al - there is the whole internet thing. You can order online. Or does VA ... ... ... opening a forty year old Barolo from a great vintage, but we don't all have the cellars to allow that, and some of us might not be sure we have the time eithe Read More

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  • Al - I noticed that the Total Wine in Alexandria has a couple of interesting ... are:1. Mauro Sebaste Barolo Tresuri, 20112. Seghesio Barolo, 2011Something to think about and do a little research over if you're going to be in the are Read More

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  • What kind of prices should we expect to pay for some of these 2013 Barolo wines in the USA?  I like a good Barolo but I'm not willing to pay more than $100 for a bottle.... Read More

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  • AL - Barolo was the highlight but it was in a different price range to the others 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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