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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  • 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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Brezza Barolo Sarmassa E Castellero 1979

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    At decanting: sweet cherry/strawberry fruit, clay, bramble, lovely intensity Showing a lovely nose, rich with burnished fruit, intense and perfumed, this smells like tar and rosewater, with hints of gunpowder, mint, and black cherry. Classic, a superb if subtle nose. Soft on entry with lovely richness and good depth, this is lively and beautiful... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ok, 2 Challenges were made regarding Wine during the Honda Classic at PGA ... ... ... GRANGE. After we drank Barolo.Wine challenges are fun in the hospitality industry but can and will cost you your 2001 Silver Oak Napa. ouch.. Read More

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  • Redemption.. For Every Faux Pas= 10X redemption in Food Service.Tonite I ... ... that owns Vietti Barbera and Barolo 2011.They Paid the cellar/house cost of $55 and Enjoyed the Strawberries and youth.. Viva Strawberries and my 8-top table of Vietti owners.. BYW Our $25 corkage Fee has been noted as excessive lately. and.And.Should a Wine Club ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic #1 Wine Dining faux pas nominee


  • Holy crap!  I checked this out here and the 2010 is $100.  Geeze...I ... G. Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo 200 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tignanello


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! sorry I waited...


  • Simi Chardonnay Reserve 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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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