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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Brovia

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • I didn't know if "encouraging" was a verb or an adjective!As to ... of years. With wines like Barolo, that's mostly going to be a given, but not necessarily with other wines. That's not to say you want searing acidity whether the wine is young or old, just that you need something so that the wine doesn't seem flat and dead. You have to have en... Read More

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  • Neat question! I would also like to know what elements of a wine indicate ... ... think of as requiring age is barolo. With the requirement of aging being a given, how would you know which barolos will be the best bets? Aside from reputation of the producer, are there any characteristics of young wines that might indicate they are particularly... Read More

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  • These responses are both on point .Hopefully you are aware of the character in ... ... traveled and available Barolo areas also.Also try slightly off cycle years ,so 2006 in Baolo rather than 2008 .In Bordeaux try the third tier or fourth tier from the great Chateaux in really good years but there you have to get them early in retail cycle.Ev... Read More

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  • 2007 Oddero BaroloThis hit the spot...had forgotten how satisfying Barolo is when consumed at the right time. Have another '07 in the cellar that I'm thinking about, Giuseppe Mascarello with some declassified fruit. Read More

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  • I'm 1980 born myself MC, and surprisingly I haven't had anything from ... from them if you do grab one.Barolo from Piedmont Italy is known to age about the longest of any wines, along with Spanish Tempranillo, but for good producers you're looking at lots of $$$, then there's Burgundy and that's even more $ for the good stuff. Supposedly it wa... Read More

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  • Hey guys/gals,i love wine! Mostly red but some whites especially in the summer ... are Italian , brunello and Barolo   Then California cabs and wines of sprain.  Looking to learn how to choose the best vintages to drink now and to also start collecting.    Cheer Read More

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  • Conterno Giacomo Barbera Cascina Francia 2009

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    A bit of wild mint and diesel shows up early on the nose along with some macerated huckleberry fruit. In the mouth this is tight, powerful and smooth, with acidity that is perhaps a touch low. Building slowly on the palate, this shows lots of chewy fruit skin tannins in a very young and unformed stage of its evolution. Theres real lightness and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Riserva Granbussia. Poderi Aldo Conterno 2005

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    Tight, muscular and angular on the mineral laced nose that shows excellent perfumes of rosehips, orange rind, dried flowers with a hint of iron and spice. This is gorgeous with excellent integration in the mouth. Just lovely with wide open fruit that shows a lightly burnished edge, with a light sweetness to the fruit but this is layered with s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Romirasco Barolo Bussia DOCG Aldo Conterno 2009

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    Super floral on the nose with intense perfumes of Middle Eastern spices, green spices, and turmeric. Smooth, polished and elegant on entry this exhibits lots of depth on the palate with good clarity even if this is a little chewy. The wild cherry fruit on the palate is intense without being frooty, carrying with it a lovely astringent edge. The ... Read More

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  • Poderi E Cantine Oddero Oddero Collaretto Langhe Blanc 2009

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    Light incense on the nose tops sweet raspberry and dusty cherry fruit aromas that pick up a cooked hot red soil, with an almost bricky and metallic tone to it. This is soft and almost lazy in the mouth, with decent tannin though this lacks focus in the mouth. There are nice flavors on the palate but this is not special, with a short finish in a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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