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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  •  I'm better about waiting in my 60's than I was in my ... 20 ... 20 years--e.g., wines from Barolo, or Cote Rotie or from certain, cranky Napa Valley producers--but even if you do wait for those 20 years, there is no guarantee that you are going have a life-changing wine experience.  Notice I inserted the proviso "if stored properly."  That is... Read More

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  • 2010 Trombetta gap's Crown Pinot, pretty good, big clear fruit and lovely ... ... di Montezemolo Enrico VI Barolo.Tomorrow night is my annual bring out your best dinner, to which I'll be bringing the 1985 Conterno Monfortino. A monumental bottle of win Read More

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  • The winemaker/proprietor of Renard is Bayard Fox, who makes his living selling ... I drank:  An off-brand Barolo, 2007 Lo Scudiero.  I'm certain it's a made-up name for a negociant who bought excess juice from someone who may or may not be decent.  I bought it to burn up some credit I had at an online retailer I was frustrated with--with free ... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cphenix.  Let me see if I can start a ... ... compared to a Bordeaux or a Barolo for which you might pay much, much more.As a Californian, I have to brag about Zinfandel--pretty easy to find, and widely available at prices from $10 to $40.  One thing about Zinfandel is that, stylistically, it is all over the place.... Read More

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  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because ... Nebbiolo from Barbaresco and Barolo are easy enough to find, but from Ghemme and Valtellina, not so much.  (Shame, since Ghemme is less expensive and more approachable--in Italy, anyway.) Chianti and Montalcino are well known over here, but there are many areas producing s... Read More

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  • The one Grillo I've had was from Fruili...the most acidic wine I've ever had.Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresco, etc.) tends to hold the most intrigue for me, though it's a wild wine. Similar to Burgundy, Baroli and Barbaresco can be hard to know when to drink. Was lucky enough to have a '97 Aldo Conterno Colonnello that was in a great place the other... Read More

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  • I think it's an awful romantic view to believe that passive is superior to ... super old school Bordeaux, Barolo, or Tempranillo, this may very well be preferred!One benefit I've had with my cellar club is that I've had a chance to taste some aged wine from other members cellars stored at relatively constant temp (55) and humidity. From the 17... Read More

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  • Thanks guys! I feel much better after tasting a 2003 Barolo Luigi Oddero Vigna Rionda ....GIven the warm vintage plus possible bad storage conditions I was convinced this would be a bad bottle. Instead it was still very lively, fresh with some fine grained tannins upfront but a long smooth finish and a fantastic nose! Guess my cellar isn't that ... Read More

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  • LingProf is waay too modest.  She called the origins of an astounding ... ... notice, I'll decant some Barolo, but it won't compare to GdP's stash!Finally, I've been talking to the city about expanding the house by adding a floor. Partly as a result of this shindig, we have decided to put in plans to move the front door and open up the space b... Read More

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  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but ... ... a lovely alternative to Barolo or Barbaresco, but there aren't three bottlings available in the whole area, and they are overpriced, compared to what those bottles go for in Italy.  Lagrein and Dolcetto are making the scene, but even they can be a little hard... Read More

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