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 ...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Boroli

    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Damilano

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Okay, so I have been away, but I am really excited about those Fenocchio Bussia ... ... I am pretty light on Barolo experience, so I kept wondering if I was an idiot for liking the wines so much.  After all, how could those guys have missed it on all their past visits if it was really so good?  Turns out the winery has sold almost everything i... Read More

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  • Drinking these before 2020 would be a sin.  Barolo definitely can age.  I just had a Conterno 1999 on the day of that football game last weekend.  It was a gorgeous brick colour and was nowhere near it's peak.  It still needed some air.  I think Fox has the same one, but a higher rank. Read More

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  • My wife made soft tacos and all that kind of stuff. My boos and his wife came ... Gigondas, followed by a 1999 Barolo, then a 2010 Silverback Syrah (which was nuts!  couldn't think of a follow-up but...) then a 2009 Hendry Cab which my boss said was the wine of the night.  Chester said they were all good, and I agree.  They were big changes, e... Read More

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  • Getting close to kickoff time.Not sure how to answer that, Al.  Right Bank ... the house.  I have some Barolo, but I was pretty sure I did not want to use that for cooking.  Finally, I settled on this.  Heck a lot of other people seem to be going for Zinfandel, today.In another conversation OT mentioned that 2011 was a difficult year for Zinfan... Read More

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  • Byron Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard 2012

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    Great density and mouth feel for a pinot at this price point. nicely balanced, and I personally prefer pinots with darker fruit characteristics, but my only criticism would be that this is somewhat one dimensional... black cherry flavor dominates. Still an amazing value. Read More

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  • Ditto on the Somm, what great unnecessary service!At least you had the Caymus ... ... again give that Damilano Barolo a try. It might bite back at you a bit as its so young, so make sure you have some hearty food to pair it wit Read More

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  • Sandra was thinking the Barolo would be a good choice.  I think the bottle was about $70.  We all agreed on trying the Caymus however, after I asked for what I thought was a regular Caymus cab only to be brought this 40th anniversary bottle.  Good point on drinking it young.  There's no point in letting that bottle take up a slot in the wine rac... Read More

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  • DAD, it means that the wine isn't very heavy and has a certain quality that ... while GdP and I both love Barolo and often note the same things, the particular Barolos we like best are at different ends of the spectrum.  He likes the ones that send me, but they don't make him all ecstatic, and vice vers Read More

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  • Thank you all for the warm welcome. I have been to Bern's twice but ... I ... ... I will also get up to Barolo in the summe Read More

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  • I hear Jay Miller really liked Bern's Steak House... OT, have you made ... ... the other hand, that Barolo Palm Beach list is available.  From sublime (or sublime-ish) Brunello (sorry, the namesake wine is waaaay too young and mostly from mediocre vintages) to ridiculous Layer Cake. And William, would you please correct that Ridge Geyserville?... Read More

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