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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  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Cascina Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Cavallotto

    HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crownin...

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

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  • I always carry stuff vertically, but perhaps holding things on their sides is ... did I rush out and buy 2013 Barolo?  Of course not, it hasn't been released yet, and there's hardly any en primeur market.  (I could ask, I guess...) But instead I bought futures of 2015 wines--birth year bottles for my grand-nephew.  Not red bordeaux, which I co... Read More

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  • OT - yeah but not always.Basic Barberesco has to get 26 months total age before ... at least 9 in barrel.Basic Barolo needs 38 months total age with at least 18 in barrel, and the Riserva needs 62 months with at least 18 in barrel.Both of those need to be 100% Nebbiolo.Basic Roero needs 20 months with at least 6 in barrel, and the Riserva needs... Read More

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  • Consider the Barolo bottlings - used to be 5 - FIVE - years just to consider drinking them, highly tannic and acid.ic  With better viticulture and winemaling they usually only sit for 3 years upon release.  Like Brunello though some delay that even more depending on barrel tasting (There are several 2011 Barbarescos and Barolos just released.) b... Read More

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  • Okay, in additon to picking up a case of Barolo/Barbaresco via trade from JD back in April, I've been stocking up on bits and pieces of things.  I bought 4 bottles of old vintage Beaulieu from K&L for $30 per, a pair of 1990 and a pair of 1996.  One 1990 went down the drain, one sits in the cellar waiting to see if it suffered the same fate whil... Read More

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  • Hi Big Al! Sorry for the so late reply. The wines were from Piedmont ... ... that are used to drinking Barolo and Barbaresco. I would just call it an ethnic wine dinner to prepare them to drink mango or plum wine Read More

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  • Bottom feeding with backvintage, 06 and 08, Barolo. I just tasted through 2012s with more than a dozen producers and I'm not going to be buying many of them. The prices, at least the asking prices, aren't going down and will make well priced back vintage examples look all too appealing. The Burlotto wines were the stars of the tastings by the wa... Read More

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  • When I see those drinking windows on CT that say, 2016-2022, I think of the ... want to drink a ten year old Barolo (or more likely Brunello, since that's pretty young for either but more so a Barolo), I would drink a 2006 at the beginning of 2017.  Other than dailies, I try to avoid anything less than five years old, but there's no good reaso... Read More

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  • 2009 Harlan "The Maiden" was offered to me tonite.Notes. A brutal ... ... #6. corkage was waived @ Barolo tonite.Mille Gratis Table # Read More

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  • Truffles and Barolo or Barbaresco.  Might not be a better combination of food and wine anywhere.  Makes you glad to have lived a life that made you seek out something better than a fast food burger and a coke.  Usually we can thank our parents for it, but someone introduces us to that kind of pleasure, and we need to thank them. Anyway, I have t... Read More

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  • Right before I saw this, I bought some meat for Osso Buco.  I was thinking ... ... of pairing with some Barolo.  Or maybe some Brunello.  But you know what?  One of Mike's Syrahs, or maybe one of Robin's, or maybe a Halcon, would be good, too.  I'm going to have to order a couple of the Mike/Paul&Jackie joint ventures, since I was there (as wa... Read More

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