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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting ...

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  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Boroli

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

  • 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 ...

  • Terre da Vino

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

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  • R7, trips are nice, but being able to roll out of your bed and into a vineyard ... me, a 51 year old, buying Barolo that I hope to sit on for 20+ years is a testament to my optimism.  Read all you can, but drinking wine and making note of what you drink (even if only mentally) is more important.  Go to other wineries (and also to wineries outs... Read More

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  • Emark, I was being tongue in cheek, of course.  I think those flash sites ... right across the road from Barolo, just above the town.  Gianni Cannonica makes a tiny bottling of Barolo from it and is now the only one bottling it under the vineyard name, according to Louis/Dressner, his importer.  Marchesi di Gresy and Fontanafredda are the only... Read More

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  • Pardon this non-participant for barging in on the conversation.How on earth does someone find a Barolo that actually has some age on itI know.  I bought some, too.  After being mocked on this board for drinking a Barolo (apparently) way, way to early, I decided that I would solve that problem by not buying any more Barolo.  Then this one appeare... Read More

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  • Brovia is no longer the undiscovered gem. That's also a tiny cru, and I ... the Burlotto Barolo without a vineyard designation.  Not sure where that's coming in, as I've seen it in the $45 range, but it's serious Barolo at a pretty decent price.  Read More

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  • No disparity to my great gift from JD, but Jesus, that 1998 Barolo is definitely breaking the "keep it real" clause in the Secret Santa contract.  :) Read More

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  • How on earth does someone find a Barolo that actually has some age on it, unless they are GdP and have been collecting for a while?  Must be some kind of genius. ;-)Seriously, Lucha sent me a note offline and he nailed me.  Possibly because we share an affinity for Piedmont wines and have now written jointly on his excellent blog about them.  Th... Read More

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  • My package arrived today and I just got back on the website after unplugging ... on the left now and save the Barolo for the weekend.  Excellent advise and selections.  I'm looking forward to this very nicely aged Italian beauty Read More

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  • I was born and raised Mormon and never tasted alcohol until I was essentially ... ... I collected Amarone, Barolo and Brunello.  Now I've branched out, but am enjoying good BC wine mostly now, occasionally having a great wine from elsewhere.  Verbose I know...okay. that's i Read More

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  • I agree, that '79 Mondavi, at 35 years old (probably 33 in bottle) is an ... ... with the '61 Oddero Barolo.I didn't have time to mention earlier, but the dinner was supposedly built around a '78 Simi Cabernet Reserve. It stood the test of time, but found it much too oaky for my taste Read More

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  • Al, to the best of my knowledge, they would be considered Super Tuscans.  ... ... them from Chianti, and Barolo and Brunello, which all have strict rules due to their DOCG status.  The Tuscans are a "lower" classification (Indicazione Geografica Tipica or IGT).  The il fauno was about 60% Merlot, with the other Bordeaux varieties and Sangiove... Read More

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