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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  • 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 ...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Brovia

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

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo Lirano Piemonte Italy Red 2009

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    Wine review by OkayTea


  • Row Eleven Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2009

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    Wine review by mr chris brown


  • Brophy Clark Cellars Pinot Noirsanta Rita Hills 2009

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    There's a lot going on in the glass here, with sweetness from candied black cherry fruit meeting a little beefy edge and showing off integrated notes of earth, white mushroom and candied citrus zest. Quite refined in the mouth, this doesn't show off much in the way of acid or tannin, but it does fill the mouth with almost tactile intensity. The ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Stark Viognier Damiano Vineyards 2009

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    The nose was floral and spicy with notes of olive and reminiscent of a warm spring day. On the palate, it was silky smooth with medium weight as flavors of rich pear, spiced apple, and inner floral notes filled the senses. The finish was long and palate-coating with soft white fruits and spice. (92 points) Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Suculé Barbera d'Alba DOC Lo Zoccolaio 2008

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    As pretty much all wines from Barolo - this one is sour. It's a good wine nevertheless. Read More

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Schiavenza Barolo Prapò 2008

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    Prune and plum dominate the nose with soft spice notes that show light mint and a little cinnamon extract on the nose, along with hints of camphor and fruitcake. Very soft and expansive on entry with a rich, medium-bodied feel. This is perhaps a touch monotone with soft tannins, though it is snappy and spicy on the finish with a cinnamon pepperi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo. Burlotto 2008

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    Lovely herbal and balsamic top notes over wild raspberry fruit with hints of ... all. A great introduction to Barolo. 90pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Verduno Barolo Vigna Massara 2008

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    A bit of new wood greets the nose. Its integrated but there, and not detracting from the very clean and rather precise aromas of jammy, small berry red fruit and some spiced plum notes. On entry, this is very cool and lean. Really quite elegant in the mouth with a lovely feel. Bright, fresh and layered and showing wonderful fruit framed by faint... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • San Biagio da Roggero Nebbiolo 2009

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    Notes of roses, chocolate and vanilla. Elegant and well structured wine... Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino


  • San Biagio da Roggero Dolcetto 2011

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    Wine review by Anna Savino


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