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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Barolo

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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 ...

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Costa di Bussia

    Luigi Arnulfo has been one of the first manager of Alba in the oenological field. In 1874 he boug...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Brovia Barolo Riserva 150 Anniversario 2005

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    A special bottling to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Brovia. A historical blend of Rocche and Villero, one that was very popular before Crus took over, that spent 5 years in botte. Bottled exclusively in magnum. Lovely sandalwood, red licorice, and dried peach aromas greet the nose followed by light grey/black spice tones, a touch of ash a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Ca'Mia 2010

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    2010 Brovia Barolo Ca Mia - barrel sampleCamphor, leather, dark earthy, and damp  cigar butt nose come together on the slightly spicy nose, which is tight but does show hints of a bit of hot tile, and mineral notes that recall magnesium or aluminum all topped with a suggestion of eucalyptus. Smooth and seamless on entry, this is weighty, powerfu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cannubi Boschis Barolo. Luciano Sandrone 2008

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    Tight and a bit oaky on the nose with a little black cherry framed with some rose notes. This is soft if texturally complete in the mouth silky without being opulent and showing fine cut cherry fruit on the palate, with a late arriving herb and limestone note, This is just a bit austere and dour today,with the wood tannins showing a bit on the f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda 2007

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    Very ripe if rather classic with aromas of over ripe red fruits in alcohol, a bit of a balsamic tone, some waxy lipstick, some white soil tones as well. In the mouth this is rich, clear and fairly broad retaining  great focus to the raspberry, mineral and slightly herb tinged flavors really pop on the palate. The fine grained tannins add gentle ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Barolo Parussi 2009

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    Big fruit on the nose, which shows of aromas of cherries and rose petals along with something sweet and carob like topped with a touch of watermelon rind.  Dusty, and deceptively soft and broad on entry, this shows an early hint of  lime zest on the palate before this turns rather intense with lots of tart red fruit and masses of tannins. Theres... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Barolo Margheria 2009

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    Super fine on the nose with high toned wild strawberries framed with fine spice notes. This shows a gentle sweetness on entry in a style that is  very open and very transparent. There are lovely mineral notes early on the palate followed by pure red fruit with very clean woodsy spice notes and rose hip accents powering the moderately long finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Gavarini 2009

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    Jammy fruit on the nose with a prune edge to the strawberry jam aromas that picks up subtly sweet and herbal rose petal note and a hint of cooked beetroot with some air.  Broad with some tannin showing up before the acidity kicks in, this is a touch on the soft side full of ripe if slightly dull cherry fruit and packing considerable tannin. The ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Byron Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2007

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    Nice apple and pear tart aromas with some fresh pie crust and baking spice accents. Luscious texture and has a creamy weight but retains a nice acidity to balance it and keep it vibrant. Tree fruit flavors with hints of apple, pear and some peach as well as hints of nectarine citrus and an ever so slight herbal note. Bright, crisp and well st... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Only been four years -- not too long? I'll look out for the Fonterutoli ... ... out on a Brunello & Barolo tasting earlier in the week, which was annoying. Both these wines are *hideously* expensive by the time they get to Australi Read More

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  • Well, the only wines that can live that long tend to come from Spain...you could always try Barolo or Burgundy as an alternative, but the prices figure to be up there. Read More

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