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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • Barbera

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

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  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Paolo Manzone

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

  • Cambria Winery

    Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located t...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • I should add that GregT (too modest to say it himself) is one of the foremost ... ... say, Aldo Conterno from Barolo, or Vieux Telegraphe from Chateauneuf, your job is probably easier than establishing a great product from Yeclas or Montsant.  You can do the homework and paperwork and bring in many containers full of great wine, but say it ge... Read More

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  • Brovia Garblet Sue 2010

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    First vintage 100% organic Rosehips greet the nose followed by spicy, slightly nutty, and intense aromas of incense, beeswax, sweet face powder, waxy red fruit, and almost cedary base notes dark red fruits and a hint of blood orange. Round, powerful, and seamless in the mouth this has a fine structure built on bright acids and super fine grained... Read More

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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche 2010

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    Vegetal and very floral on the super high toned thats a little candied but filled with fine raspberry and dark strawberry fruit that shows just a hint of oak. Big fruit greets the palate showing nice cut and the great tension of Rocche tannins. The midpalate turns a little creamy before the acids kick in showing tremendous brightness to the frui... Read More

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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2010

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    Very complex on the nose and somewhat dark and muscular with aromas of pipe tobacco, plum, iron, dark turned earth and cut flowers showing excellent freshness and precision. In the mouth this is very rich with lot of fruit and a seamless texture. Rich with both power and delicacy, theres gorgeous clarity on the palate to the big, dark strawberry... Read More

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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2010

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    Big fruit greets the nose, dark fruit, cocoa tinged and spicy topped with dark macerated floral notes. While large scaled in the mouth, this is seamless with tons of strawberry seed, plum skin and spicy berry fruit on the palate. The fine grained tannins lend this a gorgeous texture, long, fine and tight, with a finish that is focused and pure. ... Read More

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  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Bricco Pernice 2009

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    Cough lozenge, brownie, baked fruit, smith brothers black cherry fruit fruit and even a little blackberry shows up on the nose. This is very fresh in the mouth, a little round up front then the tannins kicks in, a bit hard and angular but entirely appropriate. This is very fresh for a 2009 with very pretty, chiseled red currant and cranberry fr... Read More

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  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2010

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    Three youngest parts of Ravera Intense on the nose with scents of leather, ... ... fine introductory classic Barolo. 91p Read More

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  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... affected.Interesting about Barolo's damage being limited.  Snoother 15196584, please keep us updates, since it sounds like you have boots on the groun Read More

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  • Just to correct the information. The eatstern side of Monforte - Località Torricella - received the worst. If you have ever visited "Gavarini" you would have  seen the hill that shadows the vineyard which helped protect  the vineyard  from the storm. The top rows of vines at the  (original) "Ginestra"  were the ones slightly affected. Hail damag... Read More

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  • Sorry to read this but great reporting Gregory. Thanks for this.  Read More

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