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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  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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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  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Welcome to retirement Miriam.  My wife just retired a week ago and I ... ... almost as enjoyable as that Barolo you had at the restaurant in Ital Read More

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  • Miele might be more appropriate!  :)That's what I call a woman who loves Barolo.  Miriam, you should be able to go to Total Wine and find some great Barolos for the price.  You don't need to wait for them to be twenty years old!  Ten would be fine and decant them.  Of course they're always best with good company and food.  I have had many occasi... Read More

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  • Great introduction Miriam. Can we call you Mel? Welcome to Snooth. We look ... ... the latest great vintage for Barolo. Keep looking for that memorable bottl Read More

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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I ... ... had one superb bottle of Barolo at a restaurant, but when I bought the same vintage and label (or what  had superseded it, the merchant claimed), Bricco Rocche, and took it home, it just didn't take the same.  Lately I ordered a recent vintage of Barolo from a ... Read More

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  • Giacomo Fenocchio makes good to great Barolo (N Italian) for about half that price.The 2011 Villero has received excellent reviews, you could buy them two bottles and still be toward the lower end of your budget, highly recommend. Read More

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  • Hey, Burgundy isn't really that far away! The guy was fairly specific ... ... know a Brunello from a Barolo.  I gave two good examples of Northern Italian wine that can be put away for years.  They might hate Amarone!&nbs Read More

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  • Yeah, and Amarone and Barbaresco/Barolo are about as different as you can get, so make sure you know what they meant!Amarone is made from dried grapes and it's usually very high in alcohol. Barolo is made from regular grapes, but they're very different from the Amarone grapes and the wine is too. Both of those age well, as DV said. And then you ... Read More

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  • Toddo,When I think Northern Italy, I think Veneto and that means Amarone.  ... Piedmont is also North and Barolo is another good one for cellaring.  Where are you in the US?  Are there some good wine shops near you?  If so, go see what their stock of Amarone and/or Barolo is and what years they are.  Some vintages are better than others.  2004 ... Read More

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  • DM,I don't think BC really has something akin to a 'cult' wine or ... and I could buy some killer Barolo, Brunello, Amarone, you name it.  Leonetti (almost).  For BC, my price limit is about $55.  Right now there are some great wines for between $20-40.  The 2013's I've had so far are seeming to be the best vintage I've tasted.  Apparently 201... Read More

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  • I've actually started looking at points again, esp Parker for some ... the ... the who-can-tell-it's-Barolo modernists the same as the traditionalists and almost never makes a distinction.  I heard from a winemaker there that AG called him up and read him chapter and verse about everything the winemaker did wrong with a particular wine. The wi... Read More

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