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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • 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

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Santa? In March no less? Well yes, I exist all year round, and I've been ... Cult Napa Cabernet, Giacosa Barolo or Grand Cru Burgundy or Krug Champagne.A dollar a day. Reveal day could really be something special. Can this get any traction? Please discus Read More

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  • Mike makes his wines for near term drinking. He always tells me "People ... ... a guy that enjoys aged Barolo and Burgundy he is first off a winemaker who has to sell his wine. Library bottles and excessive back bintage inventory do not make you money. When people know your wine will age for 20-30 years there is no  urgency to buy. When you s... Read More

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  • Cambria Chardonnay Bench Break 2014

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    grassy, herby, yet light Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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