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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

  • Dolcetto

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

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  • Marchesi di Barolo

    Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has be...

  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Cavallotto

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

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  • Cambria Clone 23 Pinot Noir 2007

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  • You guys are coming up with some interesting wines for the week days. ... I selected this 2010 Barolo at an Italian restaurant (Pane Vino) where we can get 1/2 wine with a takeout pizza.  We have the wine opened at the restaurant while waiting for the pizza and then when it's ready we take the wine and pizza over to Sandra's parents house (just... Read More

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  • Nice map, OT.  Now, if we could just get your infanticide problem under ... ... I've put all my Barolo save one cheap off brand bottle into storage--and while those 2010s are shockingly drinkable at this young age, stashing them for 10-15 years is highly recommended. As for my drinking habits over the last week, we had a bottle of Schramsberg... Read More

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  • Stacole Wine SE Florida West Palm Beach Florida turned me on to this site. Nice ... be Vine to Wine working at Barolo. &nbs Read More

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  • 4x 2010 Azienda Giribaldi BaroloWhat's up, am I the only one buying wine? I doubt it. Read More

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  • Not a bad deal at $125 pp, but if I was anywhere near Georgia, I'd truck on down to Barolo to see our boy William. Read More

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  • Met up with Foxall last night in Oakland...We had a couple modest '04 Barolo at dinner. The Aldo Conterno was drinking very well, plenty of acid and tannin, with typcial bursts of dark nebbiolo fruit. Also found some mild cinnamon impressions and other spices, however did not find the oak cloying, even though Foxall gave some background on how t... Read More

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  • They've had vitis vinifera in Japan for 1200+ years, thanks to the Silk ... here, later.The first 'Barolo' snap is actually of the broader Langhe area, obviously north towards the Alps. The second is an interesting shot, which is why I included it. The third was a dead giveaway, I thought. The Campania shot is of Furore. Four of the Italians (... Read More

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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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    Dried hay and vanilla on the nose with lighter baked apple and french vanilla ice cream. More fruit on the palate than in the nose, with a fair heft from the vanilla, perhaps almost overly so as it feels like it doesn't fit well in the wine, however fans of oakiness might well give it a try. Still, the fruit on the attack is warm peach, apple an... Read More

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  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010

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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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