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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • 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...

  • Boroli

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • You aren't kidding. '87 was not a very good vintage. Here in Napa I ... it's a crapshoot.Maybe a Barolo. Like a Coterno Riserva Monforti Read More

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  • "If you have multiple bottles don't leave too long to try one - if ... ... of a very traditional Barolo and a new-style CdP. The former may need some time, the latter suffers for it.At least IMH Read More

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  • The owner of the wine is Antinori. Yes we have problems in Texas of buying wine ... ... mostly Brunello,Chianti,Barolo and Amarona 6-7%each from France or Australia. I normally drink two glasses a day. The primitivo is very dark red 14% alcohol medium tannic and acid good finish well balanced I get a hit sweetness at the end would buy again ca... Read More

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  • I placed an order for the following: (1) 2007 Bodegas Valduero ... ... ... Alessandro Rivetto Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG, Piedmonte, IT (Fox recommendation)(1) 2012 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Napa Valley (I've had previous vintages and this is really a nice blen Read More

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  • I just pulled the trigger on 3 bottles of the Barolo recommended by Fox.  Check out Invino.com if you want to get on that excellent Northern Italian beauty. Read More

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  • Okay, no Sherry or Rioja.  This hit my inbox:Had to check CT to see what I ... at 4 cases of Nebbiolo (all Barolo or Barbaresco) in the inventory.  Tied with Cab, PN, Sangio and trailing only Syrah.  How did that happen?Pretty good bet I'll be drinking these into my 70s. Plan for future happiness, I always say.&nbs Read More

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  • Back to GdP's comment.  Wine prices, esp of "collectible" ... Someone who bought a great Barolo/Cal Cab/Bordeaux when it could be bought for $25 lists it and doesn't usually expect to beat inflation when they sell it because they have too much or their tastes changed.  And lots of us in the secondary market are skeptical about overpaying becau... Read More

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  • Old wines you decant mostly for sediment, IMO.  Too much air can kill ... ... ... Unless it's old Barolo, which needs decanting to lose the funky, dirty smells.  Young wines also want decanting to open them up, but sometimes they need days and days.  Better just to let them rest, although we all succumb to our infanticide impulses now and the... Read More

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  • "Why do people buy current release wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, ... ... to, I think you can add Barolo/Barbaresco to the list of wines where newly released infants are far more expensive than properly aged and ready-to-drink bottles.OT, if you know what to look for (like, for example, ex-chateau!) there are definitely opportunities t... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... and Spain (Chianti, Piedmont/Barolo or Barbaresco, or traditional Rioja for example) tend to be squarely on the savory side. Some of the wines may be very expensive such as a Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco, retails around $300. Saw one in a friend's cellar recently a... Read More

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