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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

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  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... do Panascal (Fonseca)Barolo and Barbaresco are good calls. I had an '87 Gattinara last week with friends that was singing. Think my friend paid somewhere just north of $50 for it.As a nice counterpoint to your native shiraz options it would not be the worst ... Read More

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  • Thanks - sounds like a Barolo might be the best option1987 was very ordinary here in AustraliaRivalled only by 1995 and 2011 [excluding Western Australia] Read More

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  • See if you can find a magnum if it's a California wine....good year for CA ... agree to look for a Barol Read More

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  • You aren't kidding. '87 was not a very good vintage. Here in Napa I ... it's a crapshoot.Maybe a Barolo. Like a Coterno Riserva Monforti Read More

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  • "If you have multiple bottles don't leave too long to try one - if ... ... of a very traditional Barolo and a new-style CdP. The former may need some time, the latter suffers for it.At least IMH Read More

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  • The owner of the wine is Antinori. Yes we have problems in Texas of buying wine ... ... mostly Brunello,Chianti,Barolo and Amarona 6-7%each from France or Australia. I normally drink two glasses a day. The primitivo is very dark red 14% alcohol medium tannic and acid good finish well balanced I get a hit sweetness at the end would buy again ca... Read More

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  • I placed an order for the following: (1) 2007 Bodegas Valduero ... ... ... Alessandro Rivetto Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG, Piedmonte, IT (Fox recommendation)(1) 2012 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Napa Valley (I've had previous vintages and this is really a nice blen Read More

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  • I just pulled the trigger on 3 bottles of the Barolo recommended by Fox.  Check out Invino.com if you want to get on that excellent Northern Italian beauty. Read More

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  • Okay, no Sherry or Rioja.  This hit my inbox:Had to check CT to see what I ... at 4 cases of Nebbiolo (all Barolo or Barbaresco) in the inventory.  Tied with Cab, PN, Sangio and trailing only Syrah.  How did that happen?Pretty good bet I'll be drinking these into my 70s. Plan for future happiness, I always say.&nbs Read More

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  • Back to GdP's comment.  Wine prices, esp of "collectible" ... Someone who bought a great Barolo/Cal Cab/Bordeaux when it could be bought for $25 lists it and doesn't usually expect to beat inflation when they sell it because they have too much or their tastes changed.  And lots of us in the secondary market are skeptical about overpaying becau... Read More

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