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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Mille Gratis is what I say.!I am a waiter, or Food and Beverage Professional in ... again Mille Gratis now to Barolo. Spilled 1 tonite.. &nbs Read More

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  • Simi Chardonnay Reserve 2011


    Pear and melon on the nose. Moderate acidity. Finishes very smooth. I intend to buy more. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1989


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    Wine review by mark

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1989


    This is on another level with profound aromas of hot iron, hints of cinnamon, rosehips, rose petals and powdered rocks all embedded in this tight, sinewy core of powerful, dark strawberry laced fruit. On the palate this is just perfectly balanced. Everything is here. The core of fruit is powerful and dark, yet recalls strawberries and raspberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cascina Adelaide "Le Pernaci" Langhe Bianco DOC 2011


    A super interesting wine. A lively and intense nose with notes of lime, marzipan, and tropical fruit. Midweight and super acidic/tangy on the palate...looong length. There's plenty of complexity here. A wonderful wine. I feel like it is drinking well right now. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Hi Gwen,Welcome to Snooth.  My name's Darren.I'm pretty much just ... ... liked the big ones, Barolo, Brunello, Amarone, etc.  If you're looking to start with some easy, less expensive ones, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is good, Chianti Classico....but it depends a great deal on what is available to you.  I think one recent conscript is from North... Read More

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  • I like the plan...ALso sounds good re: the '00...I'll have to find something to pair with that Granbussia. One of the Mascarello's or a Vietti Rocche maybe. Something from '99 as GdP and many others are big advocates of that vintage.The Hollywood has a mag of the '99 Granbussia in it's OWC that tempted me last time I was there, but I seem commit... Read More

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  • JD, I figured you would say that and that's where I'm leaning. (Both as to what to serve and when to open the Granbussia.)  The '04 Normale was purchased from Garagiste before the K&L offer; I was able to use the K&L offer to go for the Romirasco, Granbussia and Cicala but even at those prices had to limit myself to one each.  On CT, the Normale... Read More

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  • When the K&L sale was going on I had no experience with Aldo Conterno, so it was hard for me to pull the trigger but glad you bought up a few. Since then I had my first last November, a '97 Colonello that a friend brought to a tasting, and it was very impressive with no decant.'04 Aldo Conterno "Normale" sounds like a good option for the dinner,... Read More

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  • Probably ought to just PM GdP on this, but I'll take any ... GdP recommended pairing with Barolo but I don't have the baroli he mentioned, and I'm not rushing out to buy more.  So, we're going to try one bottle of Jim Clendenen's '05 Bricco Buon Natale Nebbiolo from (essentially) the same area as Bien Nacido because I like to do these Old World... Read More

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