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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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 in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Brovia

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • 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

  • Met up with Foxall last night in Oakland...We had a couple modest '04 Barolo at dinner. The Aldo Conterno was drinking very well, plenty of acid and tannin, with typcial bursts of dark nebbiolo fruit. Also found some mild cinnamon impressions and other spices, however did not find the oak cloying, even though Foxall gave some background on how t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner & Sherry w/ Foxall


  • They've had vitis vinifera in Japan for 1200+ years, thanks to the Silk ... here, later.The first 'Barolo' snap is actually of the broader Langhe area, obviously north towards the Alps. The second is an interesting shot, which is why I included it. The third was a dead giveaway, I thought. The Campania shot is of Furore. Four of the Italians (... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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    Dried hay and vanilla on the nose with lighter baked apple and french vanilla ice cream. More fruit on the palate than in the nose, with a fair heft from the vanilla, perhaps almost overly so as it feels like it doesn't fit well in the wine, however fans of oakiness might well give it a try. Still, the fruit on the attack is warm peach, apple an... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010

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    Wine review by cathyg


  • Self-Imposed-Wine-Buying-MoratoriumYou can't really go wrong with 2010 Barolo, though Bussia is one huge region, all I've had has been excellent as well. Read More

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  • Interesting story behind that Barolo purchase RF.  So what does 'SIWBM' mean anyway?  I'm guessing 'Self Imposed Wine Buying Moratorium' based on an Internet search. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Young Barolo is pretty enjoyable if you like the tannins and acids.  Some are being made to drink younger.  But most people I've talked to who are really into it want to drink it mature.  And that shutdown can last a really long time.  I'd say a year or two after release it can start, and it can last until the wine hits 15 years, even longer.  I... Read More

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