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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Marchesi di Barolo

    Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has be...

  • Boroli

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Cavallotto

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  •  Last week our tasting group got together to taste through a lineup of 1999 Barolo and Barbaresco.  For me, this was the first time tasting a large group of '99s at one time.   1999 has always been a hard vintage for me to understand.  I bought them so that I'd have the vintage in my cellar to taste down the road.  I never had a chance to taste ... Read More

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  • The Cannubi case is finally over (maybe). Finally the judgment of 4 June 2012 ... little recap. Some of cru of Barolo are: Cannubi, Cannubi S. Lorenzo, Cannubi Valletta, Cannubi Boschis, Cannubi Muscatel. Marchesi di Barolo spa challenged that crus names defending the view that it was unfair to make a distinction between the cru called Cannubi... Read More

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  • 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


    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


    Refreshing medium-full bodied red...with well balanced fruit and lingering finish...minimal tannins... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Brotherhood Rosario 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by worm4000

  • Sine Qua Non Mr. K the Noble Man 2005


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Agricola Brandini Barbera d'Alba 2008


    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


    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

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