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...

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Boroli

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • I am confused because as I am a beginner and trying to start a barolo collection, most of my bottles are from 2000, 2001,2004. However I am hearing that Barolo 2000 is very good now! Should I be opening these already?I also have a 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cab that I read is already on the decline (which would be disappointing!) Any of yo... Read More

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  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1989

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    The nose showed dried red fruits, tar, mushroom broth, a bit of black strap molasses and a hint of barnyard. Showed a gorgeous structure on the palate that gives the impression that this wine will last the ages. Still a little tight with a tannic grip but giving none the less with dark red fruit and a mineral core. Finish was long and fine, show... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Terre del Barolo Barolo 2010

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    Refreshing medium-full bodied red...with well balanced fruit and acidity....no lingering finish...minimal tannins... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Brotherhood Rosario 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by worm4000


  • Sine Qua Non Mr. K the Noble Man 2005

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    100% Chardonnay with fruit from the Alban vineyard, this is a fully botrytised sweet wine that sits plumply at 235 grs/L. The 2005 is a regal wine that is one of the great dessert wines of the world. Sadly, the esteemed Alois Kracher whose Kracher wines I place on a padestal is no longer with us. An amazing deep golden colour with fragrances of ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Barbera Dalba Traifilari Boschetti 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Agricola Brandini Barbera d'Alba 2008

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    Fruity and super smooth! Fabulous for the price and pairs excellent with pork and chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


  • Marcarini Dolcetto d'Alba Boschi di Berri 2011

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    Stunning brilliant ruby red color, almost fuchsia. Sensational aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries and dried roses. On the palate, those flavors came through wonderfully along with red cherries and cranberries. It was a light/medium bodied wine which had a nice structure and because of its astringency I think it would be great in a few year... Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino


  • Would go if I could...  Piedmont 1978: An Epic ... And for many of the '78 Barolos, we had to wait up to two decades for the wines to shed their tannins and reveal their deeply concentrated fruit and infinite nuance.On Friday night, May 18th, at Del Posto, we will explore this important vintage, matching Mark Ladner's superb cuisine with a stel... Read More

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  • Cascina Adelaide "Le Pernaci" Langhe Bianco DOC 2011

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    This is almost an unknown grape variety even amongst the Piemontese themselves! ... the Novello area within the Barolo wine area. I couldn't quite pinpoint the flavors because I got everything from aromas of aromatic herbs like sage,floral scents and citrus lime. On the palate it was fresh, zesty and had almost slightly too much acidity. Howeve... Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino


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