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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  • 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...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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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  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Michele Chiarlo

    Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of pro...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • 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

  • Mike makes his wines for near term drinking. He always tells me "People ... ... a guy that enjoys aged Barolo and Burgundy he is first off a winemaker who has to sell his wine. Library bottles and excessive back bintage inventory do not make you money. When people know your wine will age for 20-30 years there is no  urgency to buy. When you s... Read More

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  • Cambria Chardonnay Bench Break 2014

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    grassy, herby, yet light Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012

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    with some dark fruits and liqorice, and sweet as well Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... old. ... ... old. In the late 1800s, Barolo was sweet, Bordeaux was putting out clear wines from Malbec and other grapes that they mixed with Syrah, which they called Hermitage, Rioja was getting hit by the phylloxera that had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much l... Read More

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  • and yes much wine was drank celebratingThe prosecco was ok - just a little ... ... the food and price pointthe Barolo was 4110 and was excellent but sadly abit young - would like to see it in 5 yea Read More

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  • BAROLO nearly always NEEDS BOTTLE AGE!I am not a PROSECCO fan at all......worst of all...extra dry....to each his/her own...!!!!!Sounds all good, though, STEPHEN HARVEY!THANKS FOR POSTING.....not many are doing so these days, it appears; so sad indeed.... Read More

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  • Fontanafredda Mirafiore Barolo 2012

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    Light cherry, moist earth and a hint of mushroom on the nose, lightly floral with notes of clay. Tart, cranberry and red currant fruit with a hint of baking spice, plenty of drying tannins and a smoky tar towards the finish that tails off nicely leaving an earthy, chewy, oaky memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The past few times I've stopped bym before I could post anything, I had to ... you ask?I'm drinking a Barolo. Now it's about wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... do Panascal (Fonseca)Barolo and Barbaresco are good calls. I had an '87 Gattinara last week with friends that was singing. Think my friend paid somewhere just north of $50 for it.As a nice counterpoint to your native shiraz options it would not be the worst ... Read More

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  • Thanks - sounds like a Barolo might be the best option1987 was very ordinary here in AustraliaRivalled only by 1995 and 2011 [excluding Western Australia] Read More

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