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 ...

  • Barbera

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

  • 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. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting ...

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  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Fontanafredda

    Fontanafredda is located in the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating backto very ancient ...

  • Terre da Vino

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Marziano Abbona di Abbona "Pressenda" 2006


    Tight, savory, aromatic, some sweetness but real freshness with notes of angelica root, earthy spices, menthol, and slight milky wood. Nice, a bit tight, precise though, with good freshness to the wild raspberry/strawberry/lingonberry fruit. Tannins are quite rigid, well balanced though, deep almost confiture of fruit, clean finish, bright fresh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • San Biagio Sorano' 2006


    Syrupy, herbal, red raspberry, cookies fruit, cherry, a bit sweet. Soft on entry, indistinct, low, shallow, dried out fruit, bitter on the backend, a bit dark, bitter and a bit boring. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 2006


    Leather, medicinal, red fruits, spicy, pink peppercorn, earthy and dark dried fruits. A bit blocky and matte on entry, rich, somewhat extracted, indistinct, dark fruit, licorice and earth top note, drying tannins on finish, dark coffee grinds, tannin and extracted. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ascheri Sorano 2006


    Ascheri Sorano -- Seared fruit, pure, hard, some wood, integrated nose, closed in the mouth. Hard, pure, elegant, balanced, deep fruit, light though, very fresh, precise, long, nice tannins. This is hiding but could be really good. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I am new here and I am in Beijing, China now.My family doing the business ... ... (James estate Reserve), Barolo and Valpolicella of Italy, Stag‘s leap of US. CDD Cab Sau of Concha y Toro is also attractive to me, but anyway, I am still learning.Hope can meet you guys in Beijing or some where of the world.If you are in China, please come to m... Read More

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  • Angelo Gaja Conteisa Piedmont 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by carmelo Santiago

  • Virna Borgogono Cannubi Boschis' 2006


    Floral, herbal, leathery, clean and fresh with a freshness and brightness. Softish, expansive, velvety, nice wiry dark fruit, treebarky, slightly medicinal, deep and rich, a bit of wood on the back and tannins are a bit woody, but nicely styled wine. (86-87pts) Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavalier Bartolomeo di Borgogno Dario Cannubi San Lorenzo' 2006


    Hard candy, coffee candy, mint, chinato, sweet herbs, tarragon. Impressively aromatic, old wood, a bit heavy on the palate, not lively, rich, powerful and deep but a bit flat, nice core of savory fruit, really deep and complex. Just a bit more freshness would make this a winner, long finish, powerful, rich wine. (88-90pts) Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I'm going to take the liberty of posting a blog I just saw on the phrases and ... and ... Cevola Put “Barolo of the South” on your list while you’re at it.&nbs Read More

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  • Mazza Nebbiolo NV


    No written review

    Wine review by kuniption

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