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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  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

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  • Thanks all, part two to follow soon.Richard, skewed towards the 2010s, but the more I've tasted the 11s the more impressed I am with them. It's going t be a fruity vintage, but a terrific, fresh, joyous fruity vintage. I'll have a little bit of a better feel for the wines, when we taste them again, but holy cannoli are they delicious! So probabl... Read More

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  • Byron Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay 2011


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  • Thank you GDP. I now realize I  have a million +1 challenges facing me, ... done. Cordially F&B at Barolo Rist. North Palm.Whew..! again Mille Gratis.&nbs Read More

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  • Looking forward to tasting these soon, and others when I'm there.  Keep up the great work.  Interesting about the '10s, since that bandwagon is going to be huge now that WS has talked up the vintage. Is the 2 or 3 to 1 ratio is in favor of the '10s or the '11s?I wasn't familiar with Porro at all and looked it up.  Tiny property with monopole hol... Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome to the Snooth Forum, Bret.  We hope you enjoy the ... I am missing out on a lot of Barolo, Burgundy, and Bordeaux--not to mention a lot of good Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Zinfandel and Oregon Pinot Noir.  One guy can only do so much.; Read More

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  • Great run much to look forward to. Right now, it's '11 Barbera. Read More

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  • "one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.."That's only ... ... priced alternative to Barolo and Barbaresco.  He said, "Yeah, you only get that in France."  Even after ten minutes talking about Italy, he thought of the Gamay grape, not the DOCG in Piemonte.  Which kind of proved my point. I don't know if it's a fair trade, Ghemme for B... Read More

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  • I know there's a lot of interest out there so some brief notes. I'm ... may be a mixed vintage for Barolo it premisses to be a great vintage for Barbera and both the Einaudi Vigna Tecc and the Massolino Gisep are packed with incredible fruit, again showing an explosive ripeness and perfumed nature but without any exaggeration or roasted notes ... Read More

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