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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Cambria Winery

    Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located t...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • What herbs/spices in the sausage? What sides?With his first recording would be ... for me, too, even north of Barolo. So would sangiovese or a Super Tuscan blend. Alternatively, a riesling Spatlese from the Rhein? West County (The True) Sonoma, or Willamette PNs. Maybe even a southern Rhone or a Priorat. The list could go on, but need more dat Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking ... e Battista Borgogno Cannubi Barolo Riserva that JD and I had when he was up for his birthday, and the 1998 Fontanafredda Paiagallo. If I nominated a third wine, it would probably be the Canatlupo Ghemme.  So, yeah, all Nebbiolo from Piemonte. My wine experience of the ye... Read More

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  • GregT, I do live in a little bubble.  And I am going to do everything in ... ... get much of here is aged Barolo in restos.&nbs Read More

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  • VV, Garagiste has a six pack of Scavino Barolo for under $290 today if modernist is your thing.  At almost $50 a bottle and modern (according to WineBerserkers thread ref'd elsewhere), I'm passing. Read More

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  • Fox, I was referring to $30 as being inexpensive for Barolo, hence the paucity of such in my cellar.  I've added the Kerin O'Keefe book on Barolo and Barbaresco to my amazon wish list, looks like it will make a nice Christmas gift. I know I've mentioned this in the past, I worked a wine event here in Charlotte a few years ago and helped pour the... Read More

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  • VV, I'm a cheapskate, so I don't think of $30 as inexpensive... except when it comes to Barolo and some of the better Barbaresco.  That was a LastBottle offering.  I think farther up the thread, I mentioned another one of their offerings for 2011 Cascina Luisin Barbaresco Rabaja. My other source for Barolo deals has been WTSO.com. They have sold... Read More

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  • Unfortunately, if I had wine delivered to my workplace I'd get fired (this ... ... of that good inexpensive Barolo for the cella Read More

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  • If you aren't retired, you can have them delivered to your office.  ... four bottles of 2012 Rivetto Barolo del commune di Serralunga from Last Bottle.  I'll put one aside as a birth year bottle for JD's son to drink with us when he's of age.  The selling point on this was it's a traditionalist, right next to Gaja's plot, and only $30. Y'all a... Read More

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  • A couple of ways to look at this pre-Christmas offer:1) why spend any money on ... and earlier drinking - than Barolo. Overall the soils, exposure, and altitude of the vineyards are very similar in both denominations. One key difference between the zones is that Barolo requires a year more aging in wood (3 years in Barolo, 2 in Barbaresco), an... Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... alongside an MW.)6. Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: C... Read More

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