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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  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Cavallotto

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

  • Damilano

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

  • Cambria Winery

    Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located t...

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

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  • Burlotto Barolo 2010

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    Wild strawberries with a slightly jammy cast are joined by notes of muskmelon, cinnamon, and rose petals with just a hint of cooling mint and tar on the nose. Bright in the mouth, this has a super fine tannin structure contributing gorgeous texture to the super sour cherry and slightly red currant tinged fruit. Snowing nice length, and gaining... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto Barolo 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Sordo Barolo Monvigliero 2010

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    Smoky, and a little nutty on the nose with very fine small black fruit and floral aromas that are fairly compact and precise Fruity, soft and elegant on entry this is quite representative of verduno with being quite as perfumed as one might expect. There is good fruit on the palate, red fruited, though this is a bit loose in the mouth with tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sordo Barolo Monvigliero 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Sordo Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2010

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    Tight, rosehip, rose petals, a little underlying spice, some sandy soil tones, incipient leather, and bookbinders glue are given nice lift on the nose by a hint of VA. Nicely textured on entry this is fine, elegant, and rounded on the attack. Almost opulent in the mouth the texture is already fairly evolved with flavors of nice tart cranberry an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sordo Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2010

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  • Oddero Barolo 2010

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    Huge sweet herb stem, carob, dark, slightly earthy and slightly prosciutto ... ... to the tannin. A super 2010 Barolo. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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