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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • 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...

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Boroli

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

  • 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

  • The Sandrone's were not as much to my tastes...the 1993 was very dry and woody, perhaps more woody. Read More

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  • The Romirasco was excellent to say the least, power, balance, and some ... The ... The most elegant, feminine Barolo I've tasted, but this still had structure.&nbs Read More

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  • Have enjoyed several versions over the years, but I always go back to the ... ... syrup CA pinot], nebbiolo [barolo/barbaresco] or tempranillo  [rioja]) and even the likes of sherry and port. Perhaps most often in that sauce have it either with pasta, or serve it as an accompanying side dish to cross-sliced steak malagasy (green and pink peppe... Read More

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  • Actually, we had rose, too, from Campuget, last night.  It was somewhere ... ... I am drinking a 2004 Barolo, which is a young wine for Barolo, but it's the $20 TJ's bottling.  Wanna know something?  It's not bad.  It's not a cru wine, but it's clearly Barolo/nebbiolo--the tannins are quite present, but really silky, it's brick red (which is ... Read More

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  • My own preference would be for Maggiore, Como, or Garda, where the water at the ... your Franciacorta, Prosecco, Barolo or Barbaresco very far to get it there.&nbs Read More

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  • With Fox on board, this is really picking up steam. I should be able to make ... ... bring that old '61 Barolo I've been hanging on t Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Linda.  We look forward to hearing about your ... ... too old to invest in any Barolo that will take decades to mature.  : Read More

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  • Marty doesn't post anywhere much. It was a surprise to see him here but he ... drinking lots of good old Barolo, which is what he loves. He's good people.That Greg guy I don't know. I guess he still hangs around and bothers people from time to tim Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dumb Wine

  • Some of the Barolos have that profile as well.  I found it was common enough in any nebbiolo that grew in certain soils.  Too pronounced can be offputting, I agree, but a lot of it could be timing.  If the wine has shut down a bit (which is where it should be at in its evolution right now, I think, but I defer to Greg) then that's going to be pr... Read More

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  • I'd store them as well but that soil is mineral rich and the gamy, savory note will always remain, though time will reveal such lovely fruit and roses. The Fenoccio is a more complex wine, with a notable degree of the aromatics coming from the ageing regimen. Both great wines! Read More

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