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...

  • Arneis

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

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  • Today we went to a Total Discovery wine tasting at TW free of charge for its ... Italian Wines as maybe one Barolo was ok but not at $35. Came back home and went with something very reliable and it did not disappoint! A Cab lover's Merlot!&nbs Read More

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  • So, after saying I was going to wait, I ended up going to Total Wine this ... ... two nice wines - a nice Pira Barolo Vignarionda  that JD recommended (but I could only get the 2010, not the 2009 or 2011) and the one I really expect to enjoy, the 2000 Ch Brane Cantenac Margaux Bordeaux wine.  I was able to get 15% off the Barolo, making it $67... Read More

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  • I'll definitely agree the 2000 Margaux was in the early part of its peak, ... buy some 2011 Barbaresco and Barolo but wanting to sell off some things firs Read More

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  • Al, that could well be the start of the next big thing for you. I was looking ... ... at my own next moves in Barolo recently and noticed Total Wine has some solid producers, Pira (Vigna Rionda is their best) and I've noticed they also have Marcirini (Brunate is what they're famous for, also a famous vineyard in Barolo).For vintages, 2009 or ... Read More

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  • Regardless of the Barolo's style, you'll get more of its potential out of of a 15-year-old Bordeaux or CA cab than you will out of any serious four or five year old Nebbiolo from the Piedmont. Plus if you insist on drinking 3 to 4 year old wines, how will your palate have a chance to evolve? Decanting is not the be all and end all and certainly ... Read More

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  • Nebbiolo Al (Barolo & Barbaresco), while the getting is good there is greatness to be had at $50. Of course you could easily go to the $100-200+ range there as well.How about a 2004 Oddero Vigna Rionda?2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano?They should be approachable now, and age for as long as you'd like.  Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... in geology and exposures--Barolo has that stark dividing line that you can see in the cellars where the walls have exposed soil.  But you can tell apart more easily the winemaking, traditionalist vs. those who use barrique.  In part, that's because barrique masks so much of t... Read More

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  • Fox - absolutely I couldn't tell you one Bordeaux from another blind or one Barolo from another, although in the latter case I'd take a shot if you told me what my choices were. It's all about where you've focused your attention and how many times you've rung the same bell in your head. That is actually why I like blind tasting - it makes you fo... Read More

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  • Why not get more 2011s while the getting's good? You'll likely be happy ... ... can have too many good barolos lying on their sides, in wait for the proper future opportunity to slurp them down. Read More

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  • Got plenty of 2011s to tide me over, now I'm waiting on the 2013s.  Hoping to buy a few over there and save a bit of cash...I think the airfare will offset the savings, though. 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. http://www.snooth.com/articles/winery-profiles/burlotto-in-2010/

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