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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  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Brovia

    “In the wonderful hills of Barolo wine, where the landscape begins to take on a different, more a...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Boroli

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Not the case for Haut Brion, JD. They were living on past reputation far too long back then. Plenty of brett, too. They were only OK wines coming from a great-wine house for well more than a decade. I personally went through a half dozen '61s of my own and a mixed number of almost every vintage from the end of the '50s thru the early-middle '70s... Read More

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  • JD, you should give a serious look to this offering from Chambers St. over in NYC. It's early morning here in Tokyo, I just finished a hefty breakfast, and my mouth started watering as soon as I clicked it open...  Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 - 2000We are fresh out of the 1895... but we do have some more recent wine from the Produttori del Ba... Read More

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  • Nice DV, have heard to hold on to '99 Barolo from GdP and others, but definitely something to acquire. '01 too for that matter. Have found '00 to drink nicely now, though many say it's not a classical year for Barolo.Had the folks over on Sunday, and even though I was nursing somewhat of a hang-over from the night before, I opened a Chablis from... Read More

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  • Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2008

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    If your looking for Gaja, it isn't here in 2014. Short front and back. Nice flavor,,. but way, way short of Gaja Label. 88pts.I hope the 2009 impresses. Read More

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  • and California? That was my only other epiphany...a 2002 Shafer Hillside. I suppose a 2005 SQN Syrah was the next closest thing.Zuf, I got it from a retailer that specializes in such things, shipped just days beforehand. Read More

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  • Where and how did you acquire the Oddero '61?  Seems like a story within a story there... though I am not trying to promote a new reality program like American Wine Pickers (Damn, I let the cat out of the proverbial bag!). Read More

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  • So you're saying Clos Erasmus shouldn't be laid down?  ;-) Read More

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  • Easter dinner...Started with a BC Syrah, then a New Zealand blend (my wine ... ... pick from my fridge) a 1999 Barolo.  The Barolo could have easily gone five or ten more years, still tannic and not nearly a nice brick-red.  The New Zealand was the winne Read More

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  • Well said Greg.Dave, I'd love to try a '61 Latour some day...I'm loathe to fork over the cash for top Bordeaux but luckily have made some good friends who love Bordeaux enough to acquire such bottles. The '66 Lafite was unfortunately oxidized...the last time we all got together we had a '55 that was excellent. Interesting about HB, the '66 still... Read More

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  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... That came a little later to Barolo, but it changed much European winemaking.Some people rue the change and say all wine is the same now, with clean fruit and no personality. Uh, OK. That's like saying all wine was the same in the past with bacteria, TCA, and spoila... Read More

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