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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Poderi E Cantine Oddero Oddero Collaretto Langhe Blanc 2009

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    Light incense on the nose tops sweet raspberry and dusty cherry fruit aromas that pick up a cooked hot red soil, with an almost bricky and metallic tone to it. This is soft and almost lazy in the mouth, with decent tannin though this lacks focus in the mouth. There are nice flavors on the palate but this is not special, with a short finish in a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2007

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    A bit stewy on the nose with dark fruit, framed by sweet medicinal notes, a bit of grilled beef, and sweet wild red fruits topped with a hint a of prune. Smooth on entry, and fairly high acid with dry tannins this shows a touch of cooked fruit quality in a very beefy, powerful without being dense style. Turning a bit ferrous on the palate, with... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj 2007

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    Wine review by mark


  • E. Pira E Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2009

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    Ripe fruit that is a touch jammy greets the nose followed by lots of very mineral, limestone notes along with oak that is fairly well integrated already, still obvious but in balance with the raspberry in alcohol fruit. This turns a touch balsamic with air and the oak presence increases a touch with a hint of nuttiness. Smooth, soft, and rathe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2008

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    Deeply profound nose, with layers of spice, black cherry, woodsy spice, and camphor. This really is very precise and perfumed on the nose with lovely floral top notes, though in the mouth it is rather assertively fruity for the vintage but not in the frooty sense, with some tarry notes adding some detail to the core of wild strawberry and wild... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • G.d. Vajra Albe Barolo 2009

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    From vineyards in Fossati, Coste, and la VoltaVery fruit driven on the nose, bright and fresh and full of strawberry fruit edged with hints of tar, dried herbs, camphor, and white soil. With very soft tannins this is easy on entry showing some polish to the dark berry fruit, that is fresh a little spice note. The tannins and a hint of mint b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • G.d. Vajra Albe Barolo 2009

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  • Brovia Barolo Riserva 150 Anniversario 2005

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    A special bottling to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Brovia. A historical blend of Rocche and Villero, one that was very popular before Crus took over, that spent 5 years in botte. Bottled exclusively in magnum. Lovely sandalwood, red licorice, and dried peach aromas greet the nose followed by light grey/black spice tones, a touch of ash a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Riserva 150 Anniversario 2005

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  • Brovia Barolo Ca'Mia 2010

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    2010 Brovia Barolo Ca Mia - barrel sampleCamphor, leather, dark earthy, and damp  cigar butt nose come together on the slightly spicy nose, which is tight but does show hints of a bit of hot tile, and mineral notes that recall magnesium or aluminum all topped with a suggestion of eucalyptus. Smooth and seamless on entry, this is weighty, powerfu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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