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 ...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Brovia

    “In the wonderful hills of Barolo wine, where the landscape begins to take on a different, more a...

  • 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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Barolo on Snooth

  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... ... '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain nameless, and a Bera Barbaresco '12. The last was the WOTN but that was only that night, though I'd be happy to have it as a daily anytime. It was drinking remarkably well for a five-year-old B... Read More

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  • Pio Cesare is reliable. I teethed on their Barolo back in the '80s as one of my daily quaffers when the price was a pittance compared to now. Read More

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  • RC - The white wine came first (basically the wines are shown in order of their ... ... Following that was the Barolo with the cod, our main dish.  The Faust cab was paired with dessert, along with an ending shot of vodka.  Basically a bottle of wine each, consumed within five hours.I should say that the Duckhorn Canvasback cab needed some tim... Read More

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  • Last night we enjoyed a nice wine dinner with our neighbors (Rick and Debbie), ... ... Then we opened our 2010 Barolo, which everyone agreed was the best wine of the evening.  That was followed by a 2014 California Cabernet Sauvignon, and with dessert, we sampled their premium vodka.  We managed to walk home (five hour dinner) just in time fo... Read More

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  • Still lots of 13' Barolo Read More

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  • Rocca Felice Langhe Rosso Arbat 2015

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    This is a blend of barbara and nebbiolo and both show through at different times. The nose is nebbiolo but is barbara on entry with sharp acidity and finishes with the classic dryness of the nebbiolo. I really like the blend, just wish it showed more fruit. The search continues. Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, ... ... Syrah, much less Bordeaux or Barolo - they're suggesting the wines be used in spritzers, mixers, etc. And they add fruit flavors and juices. If they source from anywhere other than their own land, they probably buy from others in Ohio - it's not going to be worth s... Read More

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  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and ... ... ... how much I like to drink Barolo during the dog days of July, this white from Caravaglio comes along and ruins me for reds for the rest of the summer. If there’s a better evocation of sea and sun, I’ve yet to taste it—this 2016 Malvasia Bianca from Antonino C... Read More

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  • Sorry I haven't posted recently, the CFO and I and two of our good ... and ... ... and ales I spotted this Barolo on the wine list and knew I needed a fix.  Not a bad wine for £38 but nothing like some others I've had.  Medium bodied with that cranberry/red cherry note upfront, fairly tame tannins and a nice lingering finish.  As usual for a ... Read More

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  • So, there were no 2013 Barolo wines at my favorite wine shop this afternoon on my Cat Tuesday activities.  They had 2010, 2011, and 2012 bottles though.  I bought a 2016 Sancerre and a 2012 Bordeaux instead, so I'm still happy.   Read More

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