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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Arneis

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

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  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Brovia

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

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Cavallotto

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • So dmcker, that might be a good one for another thread:  What goes best ... a pretty good selection of Barolo and Barbaresc Read More

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  • Painful to watch Brian! Hopefully some better wines are coming your way...well, ... ... other than Burgundy (+Barolo, Barbaresco, for that matter). On that vein of Bourgogne, this makes for a nice Bourgogne Rouge equivalent coming out of Washington's vast Columbia Valley.The nose is pleasant, and somewhat expressive, showing some earth, violet... Read More

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  • Dmcker has said it all.  Every hotel in SE Asia that I have seen has that ... that ... These were serious Barolo Crus and had lots of evidence of their terroir, but the initial whiff was so offputting you couldn't imagine.  GdP often describes the initial smell of aged Barolo as "old man pee" that diminishes with two decants, but never comple... Read More

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  • Hey Fox,That was me and I'm glad you enjoyed the Efeste Syrah.  I came ... ... next weekend to open the Barolo.  I'll be sure to post my tasting notes here.  Hopefully this thread will not explode in the mean tim Read More

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  • The Scherrers respond personally to every email I send them.  They are ... are ... in DCV or Oddero in Barolo--hospitality and generosity seem to be the rule.Good saying: Love what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life.  Some winemakers, most in my opinion, get this, and they show their appreciation, especially if you take... Read More

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  • Also a good note on the wine, Emark!So many coincidences:  Went up to DCV ... ... Zin.  We talked Barolo and pumping over vs. Punching Down for Pinot with Clay and Emma, the assistant winemaker.  (I'm not going to talk about how good she is, but if she leaves, I'll have to join another mailing list.)&nbs Read More

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  • My conflict at this point is that I am starting to really like vastly different ... that.  But if I buy a Barolo, good Syrah (from N. Cal or N. Rhone), PN, Cab, etc., I almost always buy in pairs.  Just so that I can drink the same wine twice.&nbs Read More

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  • R7, trips are nice, but being able to roll out of your bed and into a vineyard ... me, a 51 year old, buying Barolo that I hope to sit on for 20+ years is a testament to my optimism.  Read all you can, but drinking wine and making note of what you drink (even if only mentally) is more important.  Go to other wineries (and also to wineries outs... Read More

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  • Emark, I was being tongue in cheek, of course.  I think those flash sites ... right across the road from Barolo, just above the town.  Gianni Cannonica makes a tiny bottling of Barolo from it and is now the only one bottling it under the vineyard name, according to Louis/Dressner, his importer.  Marchesi di Gresy and Fontanafredda are the only... Read More

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  • Pardon this non-participant for barging in on the conversation.How on earth does someone find a Barolo that actually has some age on itI know.  I bought some, too.  After being mocked on this board for drinking a Barolo (apparently) way, way to early, I decided that I would solve that problem by not buying any more Barolo.  Then this one appeare... Read More

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