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...

Subregions of Barolo

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  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Damilano

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Luigi Baudana

    Luigi and Fiorina Baudana have been cultivating since 1975 the 4.5 hectares of their ownership v...

  • Brovia

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • VV, if you liked the Kenneth Volk Malvasia, K&L has it on ... an Aldo Conterno basic Barolo a while ago, and it was pretty hard to tell which was the old world and which the new--but AC also scrapes their botte to get a little more oak influence, so there's that.  There's not a ton of Nebbiolo in the US anywhere, something I'd like to see chang... Read More

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  • D, '10 is way more epic in Barolo than Barbaresco, and '09 in Barbaresco missed some of the problems of Barolo in that vintage, IMO. Okay, finally got my post up re: SMV. I deliberately did not mention the Falcon Crest connection, although I am willing to wager that I am the only Snoother who has been in Abby Dalton's Rolls Royce.  (Not a prop, ... Read More

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  • Hi All!We have belonged to a wine making club for over 20 years and make two ... ... but our favorite is the Barolo; favorite producer in Bruno Giacosa. Yes, we also enjoy Viognier, Savignon Blank, and French whites.Thank you and have a great day!&nbs Read More

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  • I just joined Snooth and am looking forward to learning more about wine and ... ... Italian wines especially Barolo, French Bordeaux, Napa Cabernet & Chardonnay, and Malbec from Argentina. Looking forward to what the Snooth experience can offe Read More

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  • JD, we just need to start a thread on Giacomo Fenocchio.  We tasted those ... was one of my top 3 or so Barolos on the trip.  (Garblet Sue/Brovia and G. Mascarello/Ca d Morissio (which was actually the '06) are probably the others.)  Fenocchio's long maceration Riserva was still in tank, so you couldn't really be fair, but what really stunned ... Read More

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  • That's funny, because I think Tim and I follow each other on CT.  Or ... he has excellent taste in Barolo! (BTW, Jancis took notice at that time, too, as did a few others, like Kerin O'Keefe.  You basically had to be dead to not realize how good Claudio's 2010s were.  You didn't have to be a Barolo expert--I know I'm not one Read More

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  • The last wine I got this sensation in was a 2012 Quivet Cabernet Sauvignon Las ... tough to find.Have you tried Barolo, or Langhe Nebbiolo? 2012 Sandrone Nebbiolo d'alba might be one to try if you like big tannins and complex fruit character.Cheers, and welcome to the foru Read More

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  • Some 2013 Burgundy...'14 Beaujolais, and '11 Piedmont!2013 Cristophe ... ... Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo, Villero - Best under $50 wine available in the U.S.? There is some serious buzz about this wine! Really should be a case purchase, but only have 6 ordered, plus an extra for Fox. Fox, your fault you only ordered 1, don't come after my stash!... Read More

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  • Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Dij Sagrin DOC Lo Zoccolaio 2010

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  • And you can always get some Barbera, which can age well and which will be a lot less money than Barolo or Barbaresco. Well, at least usually it will be. And Nebbiolo is made in other areas as well, so depending on what you're looking for, you can buy a few bottles of something from Valtellina or Gattinara, both of which can produce very nice Neb... Read More

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