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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Damilano

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

  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • We enjoyed a nice Barolo last night with a plate full of spagetti / grilled bratwurst.  Sandra knows how to cook up a storm.  The wine was very good but not the best Barolo I've had.  I suppose it could use a few more years in the bottle.  Sandra brought this one up from her racks in the wine cellar. Read More

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  • Dmcker, it was St. Mary's that had the powerhouse football team in the ... ... list.  We had the Bovio Barolo last time we went there with friends and it came to the table too warm.  I'm not saying cooked, but definitely in the 70s.  I would not let our friends have it until it had been cooled--sent the waiter to chill it away from the table s... Read More

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  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... ... Things like Amarone and Barolo were sweet. In France they made straw wines that were highly prized.The other thing to remember is that the obsession with monovarietal wines is VERY recent. Farmers wanted to be sure of a crop so they planted a few different thing... Read More

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  • So there's lots of ways to figure that economic picture.  The ... ... it's outside the regular Barolo limits, so he doesn't have as much at risk.  He's pretty fanatical about his farming on his other lots, too, but that particular approach wouldn't work if it was a bigger vineyard, he thinks.  There are other, natural alternatives to glyphosat... Read More

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  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and ... ... not quite as hard as Barolo, etc.  If you could fly into Asti or Alba, that would change things, but they don't have airports that I am aware of.&nbs Read More

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  • I'm saving that Fontanafredda for a dinner with some wine friends, Michelle ... living long enough for my Barolo to hit peak, but I'll just take my chances. Dolcetto isn't a fancy wine, so it won't show against those wines, necessarily.  If your friends enjoyed the SHL, then that's what matters.  They drank it down because you are correct that ... Read More

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  • Mark, I'm with you 100%, but fairly sure that '98 Barolo must be at least at the start of its drinking window. Enjoy it while you have it. These are the bananas we bought yesterday ;-pThis evening we'll be taking down a couple bottles that are definitely on the young side. Decanting a pair of Cotes de Nuits to go along with our world famous boeu... Read More

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  • Also, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa, I'm opening up a Barolo before it has even entered its third decade.  Well, at this point in my life I am even questioning the purchase of green bananas.  So, the hell with it.Quote of the Year! Merry Christmas to you and Peggy! Read More

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  • Fontanafreddo Vigna la Villa Paiagallo Barolo 1998

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    A wine that doesnt smack you in the face with a single dimension. Very tame fruitmuch like raisins without the sweetness. Earthiness that suggests a rustic wine. Still firm tannin but supported by excellent acid. Im glad I have another bottle, and it can wait another decade for me. Read More

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  • Going Italian, tonight.  Peggy is testing a Manicotti recipe.  So, ... Culpa, I'm opening up a Barolo before it has even entered its third decade.  Well, at this point in my life I am even questioning the purchase of green bananas.  So, the hell with it. OK, the Barolo guys may be onto something.  This is a delighttful well integrated wine.  N... Read More

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