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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Luigi Baudana

    Luigi and Fiorina Baudana have been cultivating since 1975 the 4.5 hectares of their ownership v...

  • Paolo Manzone

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

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  • Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Serralunga 2010


    Peach and apricot marmalade base notes slide under superb floral notes that recall alpine flowers dotted with a cool minty note and slow to emerge leather, licorice and medicinal accents. Tight on entry, this shows ripe tannins on the palate supporting a fine burnished fruit early on the palate, wild cherries supported by fine acids. The tannins... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ferdinando Principiano Barolo Serralunga 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... affected.Interesting about Barolo's damage being limited.  Snoother 15196584, please keep us updates, since it sounds like you have boots on the groun Read More

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  • Sordo Barolo 2010


    Attractive nose shows classic evolution, subtle, good macerated herb, roasted chestnut and dried sour fruit aromas with mushroom and tobacco top notes. Clay earthiness on entry leads to a nice blend of delicacy and complexity, and while this Feels a touch dry on the palate there is fresh herbal nuance framing small,tart dried berry and red curr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sordo Barolo 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Just to correct the information. The eatstern side of Monforte - Località Torricella - received the worst. If you have ever visited "Gavarini" you would have  seen the hill that shadows the vineyard which helped protect  the vineyard  from the storm. The top rows of vines at the  (original) "Ginestra"  were the ones slightly affected. Hail damag... Read More

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  • Sorry to read this but great reporting Gregory. Thanks for this.  Read More

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  • Snoother 15196584. Thanks for the updated info. Seems that you're based in Italy. Anything more you can tell us about wines in the area, and your involvement? Always great to have forum members from important growing areas! And Fox, how do you explain all that fog down in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Not so sure the Central Valley is the ... Read More

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  • Even some of the world's greatest viticulturalists, with all the magic they can bring to bear, are underneath it all just farmers, subject to the exigencies of the weather. And this sounds like particularly nasty weather.Guess this doesn't bode well for prices on the 2014 vintage, either. Read More

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