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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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 ...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Luigi Baudana

    Luigi and Fiorina Baudana have been cultivating since 1975 the 4.5 hectares of their ownership v...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Rocche Costamagna

    On May 15, 1841 the police office of the royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna,...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • My favorite Oddero on the trip was actually a Barbaresco, but I would consider ... great, unadorned traditional Barolo.  Speaking of the trip, I'm definitely going back in 2016, but I'm wondering if I can wait that long.So I bought a bunch of discounted wine recently--zins, PS, a cheap PN (wish me luck, but I have had a lot of overpriced and m... Read More

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  • Look what other people have stored for us, so we can have them now in their ... website →Marcarini 1965 Barolo Brunate  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99 Marcarini 1968 Barolo Brunate   |  11 in stock  |  $129.99 Marcarini 1970 Barolo Brunate   |  17 in stock  |  $149.99 Marcarini 1971 Barolo Brunate  |  3 in stock  |  $169.99 Marcarini 1973 Barolo Br... Read More

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  • Don't apologize, we live for those posts, GregT.Emark will remember, I ... ... to use any press wine in his Barolo (Giuseppe Mascarello) is a pretty big factor in how it is more delicate and pinot like than Bartolo Mascarello, where Maria Teresa always uses the press wine.  But how much of a difference does it also make that he ferments in som... Read More

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  • Mark, I am partly responsible for the confusion because earlier (like, three ... not standardized.  Some Barolo makers use French oak, but Slovenian and Hungarian oak are at least as common.  In general, the source of the wood may not be as important because they aren't looking to get any flavor from it, but they can be very loyal to certain m... Read More

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  • I'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... the ... won't put their Barolo in new oak, period.  They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get the flavor out of it.  They think it adds harsh tannins, etc.  (Generally, they also don't toast very much, either, so you would be getting unpolymerized woo... Read More

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  • This offer from Ian Cauble is looking pretty attractive, too... Winter has ... affinity for Nebbiolo from Barolo’s Brovia family, it might be the most memorable. I was simply blown away by this wine last night as it was easily one of the most expressive and three dimensional Italian reds I’ve enjoyed all year. I think I have finally found my go... Read More

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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2010

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  • D,I had to ponder this a bit because there aren't many Washington vineyard ... out in the excellent 1998 Barolo that I received from my Secret Santa.I did taste a nice 2008 Nebbiolo from Facelli at Taste WA back in March that I thought represented the grape quite well.  I also had a great conversation with the wine maker.  He had just released... Read More

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  • It looks like the thread survived the weekend.  I love The Pretenders and ... and ... Thanks Fox!This Barolo was a thing of beauty.  It was real nice right out of the gate and kept improving through the whole night and is still tasting great tonight (one day later).First Opening - The nose is showing notes of mineral, dusty leather spices and... Read More

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  • Thanks Southern Wine for the last 4-6packs of Taurasi 09. I hope I get to keep 6 btls. for Barolo.Mille Gratis Grapes. Read More

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