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 ...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • Damilano

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

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Costa di Bussia

    Luigi Arnulfo has been one of the first manager of Alba in the oenological field. In 1874 he boug...

  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

  • Cascina Bruni

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Batic Valentino 2003

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    Review on:http://www.batic.si/eng/or:http://www.batic.si/eng/valentino_low.php Read More

    Wine review by blackwhitewine


  • Batic Valentino 2003

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    Review on:http://www.batic.si/eng/or:http://www.batic.si/eng/valentino_low.php. Read More

    Wine review by blackwhitewine


  • Batic Rebula Valentino 2003

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    Review on:http://www.batic.si/engor:http://www.batic.si/eng/valentino_low.php Read More

    Wine review by blackwhitewine


  • Hi all, new around here. I'm rapidly approaching a milestone and will want to ... to enjoy now.I've considered Barolo and Brunello, to Bordeaux and Burgundy. I'd like something with some age on it, and some muscle, but with nice finesse. Would like to keep it under $150 or so.So, fellow winos? Can you point a brother in the right direction... Read More

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  • Hi kids,31 year old sommelier from Central Massachusetts here. I'm looking for ... for ... include Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barb.), Corvina/Molinara/Rondinella (Amarone), Sangiovese (Bru, Nobile, Rosso) and the occasional Malbec (Cahors) or Cab.Cheer Read More

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  • Batic Rebula Valentino 2003

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    Intense and deep amber, with lovely shades of gold. Viscosity and a quiet jet form the first impression upon pouring the wine into the glass and also distinguish Valentino as a most special wine.A clear and pure aroma. Scents of white fruit jam and beeswax aromas are present, as well as those of cooked fruit and sweet spices.Despite the rich con... Read More

    Wine review by purple roby


  • Greg,You will be probably be the first to chime in here, soWhat older Barolo's are worth purchasing? i know that the 1967 vintage is supposed to be notable. What are your thoughts? Are they holding on and do they have some life ahead for them.Acker auctions has some for sale from 1967 as well as 1945....WOW Read More

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  • It is a shame that I have never try Barolo, what is your recommendations of good price? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is your favourite Barolo


  • Last night during our Blind Tasting Challenge and the BYOB dinner that followed ... guess right, wait for it... Barolo.The discussion then revolved around whether the wine consuming public at large also has a favorite wine or do they really define their tastes by a style?I was able to go one step further and specify a label as my favorite Barol... Read More

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  • Lo Zoccolaio Barbera d'Alba Suculè 2006

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    Looks very young with its rich purple hue but is drinking now. Smooth plum fruit. Medium body on the lighter side but full in the mouth. An earthy minerality that carries through nicely on the finish. Quite tannic, drinks well now but should run a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley


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