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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Boroli

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Fontanafreddo Vigna la Villa Paiagallo Barolo 1998


    A wine that doesnt smack you in the face with a single dimension. Very tame fruitmuch like raisins without the sweetness. Earthiness that suggests a rustic wine. Still firm tannin but supported by excellent acid. Im glad I have another bottle, and it can wait another decade for me. Read More

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  • Going Italian, tonight.  Peggy is testing a Manicotti recipe.  So, ... Culpa, I'm opening up a Barolo before it has even entered its third decade.  Well, at this point in my life I am even questioning the purchase of green bananas.  So, the hell with it. OK, the Barolo guys may be onto something.  This is a delighttful well integrated wine.  N... Read More

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  • Ah, the lovely painted labels.  I almost hate to recycle the ... a very nice 2009 Damilano Barolo, which I conveniently found in my wine racks.  This wine came from our favorite cheese / wine shop in Alexandria VA (Cheesetique) and we had purchased two of them during a wine / cheese class.  We thought it was a tasty pairing and thus made it eas... Read More

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  • VV, if you liked the Kenneth Volk Malvasia, K&L has it on ... an Aldo Conterno basic Barolo a while ago, and it was pretty hard to tell which was the old world and which the new--but AC also scrapes their botte to get a little more oak influence, so there's that.  There's not a ton of Nebbiolo in the US anywhere, something I'd like to see chang... Read More

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  • D, '10 is way more epic in Barolo than Barbaresco, and '09 in Barbaresco missed some of the problems of Barolo in that vintage, IMO. Okay, finally got my post up re: SMV. I deliberately did not mention the Falcon Crest connection, although I am willing to wager that I am the only Snoother who has been in Abby Dalton's Rolls Royce.  (Not a prop, ... Read More

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  • Hi All!We have belonged to a wine making club for over 20 years and make two ... ... but our favorite is the Barolo; favorite producer in Bruno Giacosa. Yes, we also enjoy Viognier, Savignon Blank, and French whites.Thank you and have a great day!&nbs Read More

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  • I just joined Snooth and am looking forward to learning more about wine and ... ... Italian wines especially Barolo, French Bordeaux, Napa Cabernet & Chardonnay, and Malbec from Argentina. Looking forward to what the Snooth experience can offe Read More

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  • JD, we just need to start a thread on Giacomo Fenocchio.  We tasted those ... was one of my top 3 or so Barolos on the trip.  (Garblet Sue/Brovia and G. Mascarello/Ca d Morissio (which was actually the '06) are probably the others.)  Fenocchio's long maceration Riserva was still in tank, so you couldn't really be fair, but what really stunned ... Read More

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  • That's funny, because I think Tim and I follow each other on CT.  Or ... he has excellent taste in Barolo! (BTW, Jancis took notice at that time, too, as did a few others, like Kerin O'Keefe.  You basically had to be dead to not realize how good Claudio's 2010s were.  You didn't have to be a Barolo expert--I know I'm not one Read More

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  • The last wine I got this sensation in was a 2012 Quivet Cabernet Sauvignon Las ... tough to find.Have you tried Barolo, or Langhe Nebbiolo? 2012 Sandrone Nebbiolo d'alba might be one to try if you like big tannins and complex fruit character.Cheers, and welcome to the foru Read More

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