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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Brovia

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Damilano

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

  • Boroli

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • I'm kind of glad this one came back to life as I was checking in for the ... the ... won't put their Barolo in new oak, period.  They use the new botte for Barbera for a few years to get the flavor out of it.  They think it adds harsh tannins, etc.  (Generally, they also don't toast very much, either, so you would be getting unpolymerized woo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • This offer from Ian Cauble is looking pretty attractive, too... Winter has ... affinity for Nebbiolo from Barolo’s Brovia family, it might be the most memorable. I was simply blown away by this wine last night as it was easily one of the most expressive and three dimensional Italian reds I’ve enjoyed all year. I think I have finally found my go... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2010

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  • D,I had to ponder this a bit because there aren't many Washington vineyard ... out in the excellent 1998 Barolo that I received from my Secret Santa.I did taste a nice 2008 Nebbiolo from Facelli at Taste WA back in March that I thought represented the grape quite well.  I also had a great conversation with the wine maker.  He had just released... Read More

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  • It looks like the thread survived the weekend.  I love The Pretenders and ... and ... Thanks Fox!This Barolo was a thing of beauty.  It was real nice right out of the gate and kept improving through the whole night and is still tasting great tonight (one day later).First Opening - The nose is showing notes of mineral, dusty leather spices and... Read More

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  • Thanks Southern Wine for the last 4-6packs of Taurasi 09. I hope I get to keep 6 btls. for Barolo.Mille Gratis Grapes. Read More

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  • So dmcker, that might be a good one for another thread:  What goes best ... a pretty good selection of Barolo and Barbaresc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines


  • Painful to watch Brian! Hopefully some better wines are coming your way...well, ... ... other than Burgundy (+Barolo, Barbaresco, for that matter). On that vein of Bourgogne, this makes for a nice Bourgogne Rouge equivalent coming out of Washington's vast Columbia Valley.The nose is pleasant, and somewhat expressive, showing some earth, violet... Read More

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  • Dmcker has said it all.  Every hotel in SE Asia that I have seen has that ... that ... These were serious Barolo Crus and had lots of evidence of their terroir, but the initial whiff was so offputting you couldn't imagine.  GdP often describes the initial smell of aged Barolo as "old man pee" that diminishes with two decants, but never comple... Read More

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  • Hey Fox,That was me and I'm glad you enjoyed the Efeste Syrah.  I came ... ... next weekend to open the Barolo.  I'll be sure to post my tasting notes here.  Hopefully this thread will not explode in the mean tim Read More

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