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 ...

  • Barbera

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Arneis

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

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  • Renato Ratti

    Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly alig...

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

    Our Philosophy is to produce wines whose characteristics faithfully represent that variety of pro...

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Franco Conterno

    The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of un...

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  • 2012 Sonoma vintage 2012 Best Zinfandel &  Pinot Noir, also ... Piedmont's Best, secure Barolo and Barbaresco now. North Tuscany also a must. Available soon.  worth the wai Read More

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  • Had a curry chicken thing for dinner and a Burrowing Owl (same as last night , ... my fridge, a 2000 Prunotto Barolo.  He could have chosen an older Aldo Conterno, but was merciful.  A nice evenin Read More

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  • In my honest opinion the Torrentes, Alto Adige Red, and the Robert Biale ... ... ... Event. -William Djubin @ Barolo Ristorante.Also thanks Stacole Wines, Catena and Siduri for your welcom Read More

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  • * I will be representing our Wine Venue, Barolo Ristorante Palm Beach Florida and Wine Bar.www.barolopalmbeach.com  Read More

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  • Qupe Estate Bottled Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate 2007

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    Had it at Cooks County - 2007 at $55.00 Extraordinary wine. Read More

    Wine review by kuhn01


  • Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate 2009

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    Had it a Cooks County - 2007 Espectacular a $55.00 en el restaurant. Read More

    Wine review by kuhn01


  • I LOVE that last quote!  Huxley wrote a few good books.  Eyeless in ... in ... all the Brunello, Barolo and Amarone I've had were at least eight to ten years old and were good.  I probably have crappy olive oil though! Oh, I had a fantastic Barbera D'Alba last night with lasagna.  I'll try and scoop a phot Read More

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  • E Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

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    With awesome aromatics that savory, complex and deep with subtle woodsy red fruit aromas, wild strawberry, camphor, and just a hint of sweet, roasted wild cherry, this is absolutely alluring on the nose. In the mouth one finds a perfect middleweight Nebiolo, perhaps a bit on the sweeter side with all the fruit, camphor, and spice, and savory co... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • When?? When the Keefer or Rosella's 2012 get's a Top 100.. For Burgundy/Pinot Noir.Barolo has Keefer, Rosellas and Pisoni 2012's. Waiting.. They can only get better. Read More

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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2011

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    Tight and sweet on the nose with an oaky overlay of vanilla and spice laying atop the core of black fruit. Supple and old viney in the mouth, this has super fine tannins supporting big and dense liquory black cherry fruit that shows a bit of sour plum in the mouth. Big fruit, density and power in the mouth are trademarks of this wine along with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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