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...

  • 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...

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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 ...

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Boroli

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Brovia

    “In the wonderful hills of Barolo wine, where the landscape begins to take on a different, more a...

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  • Organic Italian Wine Event? and the Star is "Wyland Pinot Grigio"?-just kidding. all the wines are amazing, and very drinkable. Including the Wyland PG.Invite attached. South Florida. Read More

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  • Lovers of Spanish and French wine might take exception to the following ... ... time trial that went from Barolo to Barbaresco.  How could anybody focus their attention on generating as much power and speed as possible on a race course like that!?Foxall actually got to see the race in person.  How cool is that?!  He hit me up to see if I wante... Read More

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  • It was indeed the '12 B Mascarello Dolcetto, thanks for the preview. Makes ... or even sub $80, collectible Barolo. It's fun being a Piedmonte insider, glad to have seen the lig Read More

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  • It's funny, I almost ordered a Giuseppe Mascarello dolcetto, just because ... ... got to prioritize my Barolo and Barbaresco purchases for the next year, but I found a lot of value across the board from Brovia--I think they get a lot out of their vineyards.  I was also incredibly impressed by Cascina delle Rosa in Barbaresco, but y'all should... Read More

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  • Here's a decent weekday wine, though I'm drinking it on a weekend. A ... worlds different from his Barolo's and Barbarescos).&nbs Read More

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  • Maybe.The reason is that there's a heirarchy in Italy. Langhe is a DOC, or ... or ... are controlled.But Barolo and Barbaresco are DOCG, or Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, which is the highest classification in Italy. It means that not only are things controlled (controllata), they're also guaranteed (garantita). Imagine tha... Read More

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  • Re: Barolo it can take some time for the grape (Nebbiolo) to grow on you, especially if you're drinking the wrong producers! I would wait on Barolo's for now but if/when you are ready Brovia is making great examples for a decent price (if $60-80 is within reach). You also need to be mindful of vintages with Barolo as 2007 and 2009 are early drin... Read More

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  • JD - We have enjoyed a selection of Nebbiolo wines in a cheese / wine tasting ... tasting ... The one or two Barolo wines we purchased for dinner in restaurants didn't impress me as much as I expected (they were likely on the lower end of the Barolo price spectrum) but again, we had a Cheesetique wine class (not the same class as last year, a... Read More

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  • Fennochio was high on my list. Wines were great, Claudio was incredibly nice ... in the US. I am no expert on Barolo, but I'd say for the lineup, the stars so far were Brovia and, today, Burlotto. Monvigliero from Barolo was totally stunning, but the whole range from Brovia was at a  high level and really reflected the terroir of each cru wine... Read More

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  • Hey OT did you sell the tools that wound up on that label? Very cool.That ... ... of 2009 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo given to us by Mauro Mascarello. This was a special cuvée created when the wine from Monprivato didn't quite cut it for the Ca di Morrissio riserva, so it went into the regular bottling of Monprivato. That pushed some of the win... Read More

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