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...

  • Barbera

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

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

  • Fontanafredda

    Fontanafredda is located in the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating backto very ancient ...

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  • I know this is supposed to be a family forum, but this happened last night. ... DRC, and first look at 2010 Barolo for me.'97 Salon: This was very good, in its drinking window. Open and rather gentle, it's more of a soft, elegant beauty with some citrus popping out. Showed good energy and persistence on the finish, suggesting it should drink w... Read More

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  • William, for those of us on the left coast, please come back and report to us on this event.  It would be great to see the menu and to hear comments about the matching wines. Read More

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  • somehow I kind of thought you'd see the bat signal. Hope to see you around here more! Read More

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  • Adam Lee played at Major role in making 2012 Cult Pinot's from Siduri available to my guests and friends. Adam is very approachable and receptive. Readily available and appreciative. (my brief experience)Contact Siduri and you get Adam.. Easy. Read More

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  • I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real world. :) Adam LeeSiduri Wines.  Read More

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  • I still haven't tried Siduri yet but Adam Lee (owner/winemaker) is pretty visible on-line and seems like a great guy. Read More

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  • Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2012Siduri Pisoni Vineyard 2012Siduri Rosella's Vineyard 2012Siduri Santa Lucia Highland 2012 -- wine reviews are forthcoming. Read More

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  • Welcome aboard, Barolo.  I'll start by wondering why you resurrected a 3-year old thread to introduce yourself.  I'm over it, now.Your handle suggests that you have a predelection for certain Italian wines, but most of your post suggests you enjoy California wines.   Whatever the case, you will find like-minded people, here.  Tell us more about ... Read More

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  • Burlotto Barolo 2010


    Wild strawberries with a slightly jammy cast are joined by notes of muskmelon, cinnamon, and rose petals with just a hint of cooling mint and tar on the nose. Bright in the mouth, this has a super fine tannin structure contributing gorgeous texture to the super sour cherry and slightly red currant tinged fruit. Snowing nice length, and gaining... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Burlotto Barolo 2010


    No written review

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