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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Brovia

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

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  • Upping the ante a bit this time...other wines mentioned in this thread were $25 ... ... Blanc), $49 (Fenocchio Barolo's), and $85 (Gruaud Larose), along with a few total wine singleton's under $50. And damn, pic is still sideways on P Read More

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  • Snowman, welcome to Snooth.  We look forward to hearing about your wine ... ... many Bourdeaux, many Barolo, many Burgundy.  You want to know how long to store it.OK, I'm going to answer your question directly.Go to some internet search engine and type something like "wine drinking windows."  A "drinking window" is some expert's declaration o... Read More

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  • Having been born in Virginia, I was never worried. Joining in, tonight, William.  Read More

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  • "Pork = Pinot"Not with that sauce. Maybe some blowsy CA pinot, but ... but ... talking an Italian (Barolo, Barbera even sangiovese) or Spanish (Rioja or even a garnacha fine) red in my household for that dish.  Maaaybe something very southern Rhone or Provencal. The peppers and tomato kill too much of the pinot for me.Whether rose or red depe... Read More

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  • Check out La Villa in Mombaruzzo.  Look it up on TripAdvisor.  The ... here, about 45 minutes to Barolo for example.  20 minutes to Acqui Terme which has great restaurants and a fun place to walk.  We always think its worth the extra drive time.  Bonus - it's walking distance to Berte, which I think has to be one of the largest grappa distille... Read More

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  • Lucky you.  I was just there... Piedmont is pretty stretched out.  If ... If ... If you want to be in Barolo/Barbaresco country, I stayed at a really nice agriturismo (read: Bed and Breakfast) in Castiglione Falletto called Tenuta Montanello.  It's a working winery, although not one of the stars.  But the hosts are extremely nice and it's quit... Read More

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  • Sorry about the Monprivato, but two things to note:  '07 wasn't a ... ... years isn't an aged Barolo.  It may well have shut down.  Drinking window is still three years away if you believe in all that.  Keep in mind that is the beginning of the drinking window. If you really want to know what a great wine it can be, you need to find someone w... Read More

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  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real world. :)  Adam Lee Siduri Wines. " Yeah, I'll vouch for that,  tried to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. ;) Read More

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