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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  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Dezzani

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

  • Rocche Costamagna

    On May 15, 1841 the police office of the royal Military Command in Alba granted Luigi Costamagna,...

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

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  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple ... Monfalletto and it is a good Barolo, but I'm going to bet the Massolino is far the more age-worthy, and more traditional.  Be patient with it.  (My experience with the Cordero is mentioned in the thread about OT's backyard project--we drank it at his house in cele... Read More

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  • Rckr, this white was dry but not overly dry. We just finished the bottle after ... We'll be consuming this barolo this week, so I'll let you know how it is. I haven't checked the vintage charts but my guy also said that the 11's are ready to go but the 10's need some more lay down tim Read More

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  • Just saw the 2010 Massolini Barolo offered by Vinopolis for $40 I believe. Noticed some glowing reviews from a friend of mine on CT. Suppose I should be tucking away a few. Read More

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  • OK, I know I mentioned a trip to Colmar France in another thread but I may not ... of "fine reds" - Barolo, Brunello and an Amarone. Ended up purchasing the white and red from her tasting and found a different Barolo. Not a bad haul for one afternoon.First off was this tasty white made from the Trebbiano di Lugana grape. This comes in somewher... Read More

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  • Duncan, I'm with Dave on this.  Yes, they have a monitoring agency, ... ... this into that (Cab into Barolo, Syrah into Burgundy, Syrah into Bordeaux, which used to be the accepted practice...), although it would be harder to do now.  Of course, hard to know how you would regulate wines like CdP, which can have anything in it as long as its gr... Read More

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  • Rckr, you'll notice that word "epiphany" in posts.  ... ... ... ago, drinking the great Barolos with GdP in 2014.  My appreciation of wine has been an ever-changing thing, which I suspect plays a role in why wine drinkers stay engaged with the world and seem sharper in their seniority.  (Up to a point, I suppose.)  Nothing will take the top o... Read More

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  • RICHARD - I agree with comments and Vietti is a good producer but also ... OUT ... OUT FOR SURE.  A GOOD BAROLO THAT WON'T BREAK BANK ALSO THE 2011 G.D. VAJRA "ALBE" BAROLO AT ABOUT $35.  PAUL&nbs Read More

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  • Can we go back to the Nebbiolo discussion?  Those timelines were all ... ... and recoup money, esp when Barolo and Barbaresco got spendy and trendy.  Yes, some changes in the winemaking tamed the wines so you could drink them earlier, and riper grapes have moved things in that direction a bit as well, but the wines, particularly the traditiona... Read More

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  • Thanks for that Rckr.  Mauro MAscarello of Giuseppe Mascarello i Figli m akes his Barolo in glass lined concrete tanks.  That would solve quite a few of the problems, but the glass is presumably fiberglass with its own set of issues.  Read More

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  • I always carry stuff vertically, but perhaps holding things on their sides is ... did I rush out and buy 2013 Barolo?  Of course not, it hasn't been released yet, and there's hardly any en primeur market.  (I could ask, I guess...) But instead I bought futures of 2015 wines--birth year bottles for my grand-nephew.  Not red bordeaux, which I co... Read More

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