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...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Brovia

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • 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 ...

  • Cambria Winery

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

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  • It would have been nice to have a few more folks, since we like to get together ... ... to drink 04 and 06 Barolo, but I think it drinks well younger, better than it used to, because some of what made it tough was faults in wine making.  Long macerations--too long in some cases--were the result of stalled fermentation in cold cellars in winter... Read More

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  • "the Moreau came off noticeably more lean and mineral."Hardly ... ... ... can take a palpable hit. Barolo on the other hand is a perfect match--something about the melding of the acidities. When I first started going crazy Italian, roughly 3 decades ago, osso bucco and risotto milanese would always scream for some Sperss accompaniment. I ended... Read More

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  • Very enjoyable tasting and evening, not surprisingly. Big thanks to Fox for ... ... perhaps more than the Barolo's.2014 Hudelot-Bailley Chambolle Musigny V.V.Good ripeness for the vintage, with good fruit concentration and Chambolle elegance. Very even effort, though slightly preferred the Felettig Clos du Village also tasted for its extra ge... Read More

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  • Well the offer still seems to be 'valid', though they say they're out of stock:BaroloRomirascoUnless of course they archive these pages without saying so. No idea when the offers were first posted... Here are some Conternos up in Fox's general vicinity that wouldn't be infanticide--even made back when the old man was vital. That 5L 2000 would be... Read More

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • The place was packed on a Wednesday after noon as soon as the 5 o'clock ... one), so the prices on the Barolo and Barbaresco seemed pretty fair--perhaps the delle Rose was higher than I expected, but Garblet Sue was definitely less, as was Monvigliero, than I have seen out here, when I can even find them. When shipping from elsewhere is factor... Read More

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  • It's good to get as many perspectives as possible until, as you say, you ... put blanket statements on Barolo, and that the region is split between two macro areas/soils. On the west, the tortonian soils usually have the early appeal Barolo's from La Morra and much of Barolo proper (various part of Cannubi, etc.), and on the east is where the ... Read More

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  • I don't know, in 2014 the 2010 Burlotto Monvig already was great, but it ... I just don't find young Barolo's "faults" so troubling.  But, yeah, I'm not busting mine out right now, either.  On the other hand, you might dip into some of those '11s before too long.  I think they will age, but I also think they were almost immediately accessible.... Read More

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  • Yes, I do have a mind to buy more back vintages of things, though there is also ... there has been 2010 - 2012 Barolo to think about, along with 2011 and 2008 Cru Barbaresco, and some 2010's to Read More

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  • Pelaverga:  Burlotto makes one.  It wasn't my favorite.  ... ... I had a few of those in Barolo, mostly remember Francesco Rinaldi's version.  Again, not my favorite. Even one of the "lighter" or earlier maturing nebbiolos is young at 7+ years, but I'm not convinced that you have to wait terribly long to drink them anymore.  Optimal?  probabl... Read More

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