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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Franco Conterno

    The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of un...

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Damilano

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

    Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of pro...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • I haven't played in this conversation for a while, mostly, because most of ... have some very cool stuff--Barolo and Brunello, especially, from 2010-2013 vintages.  These were all in the $60s-$70s range and that was just not in my budget, today.  So, I found some things that looked interesting and would not break the bank. Two from Italy and o... Read More

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  • Some very tempting offerings here. Well organized listing, too. Barolo by Commune It’s conventional wisdom (repeated to the point of cliché) that each of the towns in the Barolo zone produce wine of specific character, a reflection of local geology and other factors. And generally speaking an educated taster has a decent chance of telling Serral... Read More

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  • Fox, obviously your cellar needs some strengthening.  ... made by producers based in Barolo, like Oddero, Prunotto, and Francesco Rinaldi. By the book(s), in contrast with Barolo, Barbaresco is supposed to be a more approachable wine, with more delicate and ‘feminine’ tannins. We accept this generalization, despite our incessant harping on the ... Read More

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  • Galloni has been the one guy who's moved the Barolo market. The Burlotto Monvigliero going from &75 to $249 was due to a Galloni score, for example.Then there's Produttori Del Barbaresco. No matter how much people and critics talk, their pricing remains reasonable.The legal system in Wisconsin has been shown to be a complete joke, much to the ch... Read More

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  • You can buy 2015 California Cabernet if you look around, I'm sure.  ... and four, more or less, for Barolo.  So that means the 2013 Barolos are starting to hit the market, and it's a highly anticipated vintage.  2014 suffered from hail, so it's going to be a light year with limited quantities.  Better stock up now on 2013, a vintage widely lau... Read More

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  • Nothing that I paid over $50 for.  I do have a few 2013 Rene Rostaing C-R ... ... for wine in my cellar is Barolo--hard to find many wines under $50, although I try.  Speaking of which, the 2013 Barolos are hitting the market just about now.  I've been thinking about what I want to buy.  Maybe I'll go start a thread. Read More

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  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... many similar others, that Barolo prices have risen so much this decade. If we'd all just kept our traps shut (keeping praise from escaping while still accepting the beverage in), it might not be this bad. Was so happy after I discovered Barolo around 1980 that everyon... Read More

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... even a few steals on younger Barolo, but it's the depth of their aged stuff that blew me away when I looked at the lis Read More

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  • Looking for some Barolo well past its dumb period, aged but still hale and hearty, ready to drink now? No danger of selling out before you click your order either... Burlotto + Cordero di MontezemoloIf you were buying wine from the 1960s – 1980s, primarily direct from the producer, and you had plenty of good cellar space, and enough money to spe... Read More

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  • Rocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015

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    Nice Barbera but there are better ones at this price point. Read More

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