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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  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • 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...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • 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...

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  • Tenuta Montanello Barbera d'Alba 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Conterno Giacomo Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia Premier 2010


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    Wine review by Tbandcwfjourney

  • Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Weingut Tenuta Serradenari Giovanni Negri Nebbiolo 2008


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    Wine review by mark

  • Damiano Ciolli Silene Cesane 2009


    Mowed grass and starchy butterscotch note commingle with an unmistakable Mediterranean nose. Pinches of bittersweet sun dried tomatoes. An incredibly well-priced wine for the level of quality. Read More

    Wine review by mugwump718

  • GdP, I hear over and over that Nebbiolo just hasn' t thrived outside those ... ... with a similarly priced Barolo.JD, Clarke said the Nebbioli d'Alba from 2007 should be at their best at about 5 years, which fits with your experience with the Oddero.  I've got a Bovio Rocchettevino from that year that is supposed to be entering its drinking w... Read More

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  • GdP hope you don't mind me reposting your comment on WB, but thought it was ... ... in on an '07 Oddero Barolo that showed very well for us. Now granted, '07 is known as an earlier drinking vintage, but it goes to show these old world wines often have drinkability while young, and there are no real linear equations we can follow as to when to ... Read More

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  • 5+years  for a "barolo" is pretty much standard.  Clendenen has only issued 2005 Nebbiolo at the most recent.  Looking at the stuff I have in the basement, the '04 entry level Baroli are just hitting the beginning of a window that should be open for another dozen years. The basic Langhe Nebbiolos from '08 and '09 are at the beginning of their wi... Read More

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  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Maria Valley Sisquoc Vineyard 2007


    Throwing significant sediment already, this is evolved on the nose, showing sweet caramelly overtones, rather earthy, with clay spice on the nose and sweet mint accents to the slightly roasted astringent red fruits. This opens with rather soft tannins in the mouth along with bright acids that accentuate the bright red berry fruit. With tannins t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Palmina Nebbiolo Santa Maria Valley Sisquoc Vineyard 2007


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    Wine review by mark

  • I'm the heretic about Palmina, although I've only had their ... the ... the rut of Chianti/Brunello/Barolo/Barbaresco in the US.  There's a lot more from Italy that we don't get, including some really good Pinot Nero, Lagrein, and on and on.  Of course, we're in a rut on French wine, too, but getting better and still far ahead of where we are ... Read More

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