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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • "If you have multiple bottles don't leave too long to try one - if ... ... of a very traditional Barolo and a new-style CdP. The former may need some time, the latter suffers for it.At least IMH Read More

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  • I placed an order for the following: (1) 2007 Bodegas Valduero ... ... ... Alessandro Rivetto Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG, Piedmonte, IT (Fox recommendation)(1) 2012 Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Napa Valley (I've had previous vintages and this is really a nice blen Read More

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  • I just pulled the trigger on 3 bottles of the Barolo recommended by Fox.  Check out Invino.com if you want to get on that excellent Northern Italian beauty. Read More

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  • Okay, no Sherry or Rioja.  This hit my inbox:Had to check CT to see what I ... at 4 cases of Nebbiolo (all Barolo or Barbaresco) in the inventory.  Tied with Cab, PN, Sangio and trailing only Syrah.  How did that happen?Pretty good bet I'll be drinking these into my 70s. Plan for future happiness, I always say.&nbs Read More

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  • Back to GdP's comment.  Wine prices, esp of "collectible" ... Someone who bought a great Barolo/Cal Cab/Bordeaux when it could be bought for $25 lists it and doesn't usually expect to beat inflation when they sell it because they have too much or their tastes changed.  And lots of us in the secondary market are skeptical about overpaying becau... Read More

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  • Old wines you decant mostly for sediment, IMO.  Too much air can kill ... ... ... Unless it's old Barolo, which needs decanting to lose the funky, dirty smells.  Young wines also want decanting to open them up, but sometimes they need days and days.  Better just to let them rest, although we all succumb to our infanticide impulses now and the... Read More

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  • "Why do people buy current release wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, ... ... to, I think you can add Barolo/Barbaresco to the list of wines where newly released infants are far more expensive than properly aged and ready-to-drink bottles.OT, if you know what to look for (like, for example, ex-chateau!) there are definitely opportunities t... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... and Spain (Chianti, Piedmont/Barolo or Barbaresco, or traditional Rioja for example) tend to be squarely on the savory side. Some of the wines may be very expensive such as a Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco, retails around $300. Saw one in a friend's cellar recently a... Read More

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  • Oops, I did it again.  No, I didn't forget the name of the Energy ... ... also my second Serralunga Barolo in a short time.  In stock, so I'll probably pick it up this week, along with some Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium that is supposed to be waiting for me. &nbs Read More

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  • Hermitage probably would have been better but I wanted something fruitier. Then ... ... think about it since the Barolo was sitting on the counter. About Glen - if you ever get a chance to see it, there's a movie called Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. Came out sometime in the early 90s. He was a famous germaphobe, worried about gettin... Read More

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