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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  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Cascina Adelaide

    The good luck of living in the Langa obligates us to always give the best of ourselves. The love ...

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • 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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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... in geology and exposures--Barolo has that stark dividing line that you can see in the cellars where the walls have exposed soil.  But you can tell apart more easily the winemaking, traditionalist vs. those who use barrique.  In part, that's because barrique masks so much of t... Read More

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  • Fox - absolutely I couldn't tell you one Bordeaux from another blind or one Barolo from another, although in the latter case I'd take a shot if you told me what my choices were. It's all about where you've focused your attention and how many times you've rung the same bell in your head. That is actually why I like blind tasting - it makes you fo... Read More

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  • Why not get more 2011s while the getting's good? You'll likely be happy ... ... can have too many good barolos lying on their sides, in wait for the proper future opportunity to slurp them down. Read More

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  • Got plenty of 2011s to tide me over, now I'm waiting on the 2013s.  Hoping to buy a few over there and save a bit of cash...I think the airfare will offset the savings, though. Read More

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  • Well still very much appreciated Greg. Went back and checked your 2011 notes, think I'll just circle back and buy more 2011's! Read More

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  • GdP, are the scores "adjusted" for your usually restrained ... Did that part of Barolo just miss the worst of the weather?Did Fabio at Burlotto just pull magic out of a hat?  Considering how non-interventionist he is, he would seem to be highly at risk on a tough vintage.  Read More

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  • Just went to look at ordering the Massolino Barolo, and now I know that the straight Barolo and Barolo Serralunga d'alba are the same thing. Unfortunately, Vinopolis appears to be sold out of the 2010 @ $39, and the 2011 @ $33. Other options, less appealing. Read More

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  • So are you going back to the store to get more of the barolo to ship home? Read More

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  • Yup, a work in progress, with modest progress. It's a challenge to find the time to do everything one hopes to do. There are plenty of decent wines from the vintage, and even the Fenocchio wine showed reasonably well, though we've been conditioned to expect everything to be great these days. The wines in general and definitely a step down from v... Read More

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  • Those can be the first bottles you open with him.  ;-)     Save the other regions' wines (and maybe even nearby-but-better vintages) for milestone events further down the line... Read More

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