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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  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

  • Costa di Bussia

    Luigi Arnulfo has been one of the first manager of Alba in the oenological field. In 1874 he boug...

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  • Al - it means nothing legally in the US. Jess Jackson made himself a ... each ... each location. So a reserve Barolo has nothing to do with a reserve Rioja. And because the requirement in Rioja has to do with aging, people are making non-reserve wines and selling them at higher prices than the reserves, calling them things like Vendimia Selecc... Read More

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  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... 2 years in barrel or cask, Barolo at least 5 years, Barbaresco at least 4 years. I guess only the buyer can determine if that makes it good! &nbs Read More

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  • If you can maybe wait on the Barolo til the weather turns cold again. Read More

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  • http://www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/123067That makes it easier for ... ... I'd look for Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco from vintages past that might have been orphaned when the new vintages came in.  Didn't see anything interesting until I looked up on a shelf that had to be reached by ladder and saw a 2006 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuov... Read More

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  • Hello There ; I live in Bellevue Wa. and frequent Woodinville wine area. ... ...  Zins ,Syrahs , and Barolo/Barberas.Our favorites of late Armstrong Family Winery , Columbia [ they have food ] , Airfield , Chandler Reach .Any suggestions ?  Read More

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  • If you get a Ravera, you should make sure to get the Elvio Cogno as well.  ... and Nadia make a fantastic Barolo from it.  Actually, they make two.  Follow the link to a pretty decent article.And, Cogno bottles a pre-phylloxera Barbera that is hard to find over here, but is easily the best and most interesting Barbera I have had, including G. C... Read More

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  • One thing about the old Barolos that Chambers sells:  Go back far enough and there's no traditionalist vs. modernist concern.  It's all traditional.  That said, Jamie is pretty careful about provenance, buying small quantities from collectors and tasting them himself (we did quite a bit of it on the trip in 2014, as he was checking out a couple ... Read More

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  • I haven't played in this conversation for a while, mostly, because most of ... have some very cool stuff--Barolo and Brunello, especially, from 2010-2013 vintages.  These were all in the $60s-$70s range and that was just not in my budget, today.  So, I found some things that looked interesting and would not break the bank. Two from Italy and o... Read More

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  • Some very tempting offerings here. Well organized listing, too. Barolo by Commune It’s conventional wisdom (repeated to the point of cliché) that each of the towns in the Barolo zone produce wine of specific character, a reflection of local geology and other factors. And generally speaking an educated taster has a decent chance of telling Serral... Read More

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  • Fox, obviously your cellar needs some strengthening.  ... made by producers based in Barolo, like Oddero, Prunotto, and Francesco Rinaldi. By the book(s), in contrast with Barolo, Barbaresco is supposed to be a more approachable wine, with more delicate and ‘feminine’ tannins. We accept this generalization, despite our incessant harping on the ... 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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