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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Exactly what GdP and I were using in Barolo. So what does improve crap wine?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • RBA, I noticed in one of your posts there was a photo with a bottle of pinot ... seen balloon glasses sold as Barolo glasses.That is, if you buy into the whole "varietal specific stemware" nonsense.  I've seen no actual scientific testing.  Lots of hype about focusing the wine's aromas, or slim flutes to maintain the bubbles in sparkling, but ... Read More

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  • Sorry, I was counting producers, 6 of whom were Cali.  I counted Lanessan ... ... although I went in on a Barolo I tasted in May with JD (on his account) just because you are often relying on JR's word for some obscure thing, and he has disappointed far too much.  But the sharp practices mean I can't use K&L to try new things anymore. I start... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • I know who removed the last sign CalDOT put up, and I used to know where it ... last winery we visited in Barolo.  Dipping our glasses right into the vat, the stuff that was on top to prevent oxidation.  I'm pretty sure some ashes from the proprietor's cigarette fell in, to Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Meanwhile, The Bolinas...

  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a ... ... where the Rocco del Olmo Barolo is made, but I have no idea where the grapes come from.  I don't know where the Barbaresco is made, but it's $10 and Reverse Wine Snob likes it.  (Not so much the Barolo, and I have to say he's made some egregious mistakes about wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera Piemonte DOC 2010


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  • 2012 Sonoma vintage 2012 Best Zinfandel &  Pinot Noir, also ... Piedmont's Best, secure Barolo and Barbaresco now. North Tuscany also a must. Available soon.  worth the wai Read More

    Forum post in the topic Notes. 2010 and 2012 Now and...

  • Had a curry chicken thing for dinner and a Burrowing Owl (same as last night , ... my fridge, a 2000 Prunotto Barolo.  He could have chosen an older Aldo Conterno, but was merciful.  A nice evenin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • In my honest opinion the Torrentes, Alto Adige Red, and the Robert Biale ... ... ... Event. -William Djubin @ Barolo Ristorante.Also thanks Stacole Wines, Catena and Siduri for your welcom Read More

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  • * I will be representing our Wine Venue, Barolo Ristorante Palm Beach Florida and Wine  Read More

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