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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  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • With Fox on board, this is really picking up steam. I should be able to make ... ... bring that old '61 Barolo I've been hanging on t Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Linda.  We look forward to hearing about your ... ... too old to invest in any Barolo that will take decades to mature.  : Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Marty doesn't post anywhere much. It was a surprise to see him here but he ... drinking lots of good old Barolo, which is what he loves. He's good people.That Greg guy I don't know. I guess he still hangs around and bothers people from time to tim Read More

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  • Some of the Barolos have that profile as well.  I found it was common enough in any nebbiolo that grew in certain soils.  Too pronounced can be offputting, I agree, but a lot of it could be timing.  If the wine has shut down a bit (which is where it should be at in its evolution right now, I think, but I defer to Greg) then that's going to be pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo & Barbaresco


  • I'd store them as well but that soil is mineral rich and the gamy, savory note will always remain, though time will reveal such lovely fruit and roses. The Fenoccio is a more complex wine, with a notable degree of the aromatics coming from the ageing regimen. Both great wines! Read More

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  • If you store those delle Rosas, I'll take them off your hands when I see you next.  Unless you want to be a scientist about it and keep them to see how they develop.  Read More

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  • Thanks for the thoughts Greg, I had suspected the wine would always be gamy, ... not really encountered it in Barolo.&nbs Read More

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  • 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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