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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  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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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  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Brovia

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

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • VV, I'm a cheapskate, so I don't think of $30 as inexpensive... except when it comes to Barolo and some of the better Barbaresco.  That was a LastBottle offering.  I think farther up the thread, I mentioned another one of their offerings for 2011 Cascina Luisin Barbaresco Rabaja. My other source for Barolo deals has been They have sold... Read More

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  • Unfortunately, if I had wine delivered to my workplace I'd get fired (this ... ... of that good inexpensive Barolo for the cella Read More

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  • If you aren't retired, you can have them delivered to your office.  ... four bottles of 2012 Rivetto Barolo del commune di Serralunga from Last Bottle.  I'll put one aside as a birth year bottle for JD's son to drink with us when he's of age.  The selling point on this was it's a traditionalist, right next to Gaja's plot, and only $30. Y'all a... Read More

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  • A couple of ways to look at this pre-Christmas offer:1) why spend any money on ... and earlier drinking - than Barolo. Overall the soils, exposure, and altitude of the vineyards are very similar in both denominations. One key difference between the zones is that Barolo requires a year more aging in wood (3 years in Barolo, 2 in Barbaresco), an... Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... alongside an MW.)6. Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: C... Read More

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  • Interesting group so far...3 x Barolo/Barbaresco2 x CdP2 x California 1 x California + Champagne1 x BC/ Canadian1 x Rioja1 x Brunello (could not read the other wine RCKR rec'd) Read More

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  • I received a nice CdP from my Secret Santa.  RBA's name is all over ... just like I drooled over the Barolo from Fox a couple year's ago! : Read More

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  • 2011 Damilano Barolo BrunateWas pretty pumped when my wife sent me the picture as I didn't know it was a Brunate until then.At this point, I'd be surprised if it wasn't one of Foxall, Dmcker, or GregT. I guess that's nearly half the field as DV, VV, OT, and MJET are already off the board, with RCKR being off the board for me.Im going with Foxall... Read More

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  • OT, not you?  Okay, it's Dmcker, which I can figure out even with my ... Lucha drooled all over the Barolo I sent him a couple years back, it's been a trend, but notice how much Langhe wine is in the mix this year.  That's not enough to base your guess on. And a hint to my recipient:  I do a lot of research.  Makers treat different different w... Read More

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  • My in-laws opened it for me.  They said the return address was Berkley.  A Barolo from Berkley.  That's about as cryptic as Donald Trump's impending conflicts of interest.Thanks Fox.  Good job my man :)   Read More

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