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...

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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 ...

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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...

  • Boroli

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

  • 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...

  • Franco Conterno

    The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of un...

  • Cavallotto

    HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crownin...

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  • Great run down...so much to look forward to. Right now, it's '11 Barbera. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010 Barolo live from Piedmont!


  • "one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.."That's only ... ... priced alternative to Barolo and Barbaresco.  He said, "Yeah, you only get that in France."  Even after ten minutes talking about Italy, he thought of the Gamay grape, not the DOCG in Piemonte.  Which kind of proved my point. I don't know if it's a fair trade, Ghemme for B... Read More

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  • I know there's a lot of interest out there so some brief notes. I'm ... may be a mixed vintage for Barolo it premisses to be a great vintage for Barbera and both the Einaudi Vigna Tecc and the Massolino Gisep are packed with incredible fruit, again showing an explosive ripeness and perfumed nature but without any exaggeration or roasted notes ... Read More

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  • Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard 2011

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    Tight and sandy on the nose with hints of hay, vanilla and toasty oak covering a core of sour apple and pithy citrus fruit with a sweet gingery edge. Moderately big and soft in the mouth, though showing good clarity to the fruit which is zesty and bright. Lime tinged flavors of crisp apple and pineapple flow across the palate with a nice veneer ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • G.d. Vajra Albe Barolo 2009

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    Wine review by mberzell


  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo Prapo 1979

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    Wine review by mark


  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo Prapo 1979

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    At decanting: dark, cocoa, coffee bean, touch of mint and mineral Intense herbal notes, greet the nose, which opens to reveal a spicy, bright, and notably minerally base supporting, lovely, intense, wild strawberry fruit. In the mouth this is packed with fruit, and very well balanced with fine acid and tannin in harmony. Supple with fine follow ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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