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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • 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

  • I liked the Fenocchio a lot more than the delle Rose which is great as I have about two+ cases of mixed Fenocchio (while looking to add more) and just a few more dR. It was the blood, iodine, and iron notes that turned me off on the delle Rose. That '99 Rabaja we had at my house had a similar effect but it seemed even more pronounced in the dR. ... Read More

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  • That Fenocchio would have been better on the second or third day, IMO.Funny, I ... I ... my meager holdings of Barolo.  I'm probably going to start cracking some '07s, a kind of young drinking vintage, and it's definitely time to open the Aldo Conterno GB from 2000.  I'd sit on the delle Rose quite a bit longer, frankly, although I think the ... Read More

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  • Expanding the thread title to include the main guts of Piedmont.Drinking young ... a good, reasonably priced Barolo producer. This drinks similar to a 2010 red Burgund Read More

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  • WB has a thread on this, why not us?Cracked my first one over the weekend, a Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola. While Pelissero has a couple more highly esteemed Barbaresco (Tulin, of which I have a few, and Venotu, of which I hope to get some), I enjoyed this wine, and picked the right time to open it as it was accessible enough for the casu... Read More

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  • Hi Sammy,Check out the SLO Food Cheese Festival in Bra Italy on Google.   ... just south of Asti and the Barolo region of Piedmonte.I also recommned checking out fesitval schedules to see what coincides with the dates oyu're thinking of, or change your dates to fit in wiht a festival.  Have fun.&nbs Read More

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  • Gianfranco and Serena Cordero Langhe DOC Nebbiolo 2012

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  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... ... in her new book on Barolo and Barbaresco (touted on here by our pal GdP) says Barboursville is one of two wineries outside Italy that can actually make good Nebbiolo. And if you ever want to dig your toes into the sands at the edge of the Finger Lakes, they... Read More

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  • You yellow bastard! Come back here and takes what's coming to you! I'll ... ... Syrah ($80), a '99 Barolo and a 2009 Napa Cab) and although they were very nice, none touched me the way this one did last night.  Maybe the one I had last night just made some olfactory reaction...but it was magic.http://www.poplargrove.ca/_files/PG-FactSheet-Lega... Read More

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  • Take aged Bordeaux, Barolo, Rioja. Stuff that's been around 40-60 years, even if stored properly we're talking about a wine that was probably about 13.5% on release then resolving to about 12% or less perhaps.I've had some wine that old, but regardless my theory is that older wines would be apt to come off as alcoholic, if the alcohol were to re... Read More

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  • Okay, so I have been away, but I am really excited about those Fenocchio Bussia ... ... I am pretty light on Barolo experience, so I kept wondering if I was an idiot for liking the wines so much.  After all, how could those guys have missed it on all their past visits if it was really so good?  Turns out the winery has sold almost everything i... Read More

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