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 ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

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  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Brovia

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

  • Costa di Bussia

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Tantara Winery

    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

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  • 1st Rinaldi Barolo added...'10 Brunate Le Coste Read More

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  • And yes this is the Cellar at Barolo; where I work as Sommelier, and not my personal stash.. but we do have Cult PN not on the list and only 2 Oakvilles with Phelps Insignia 2013 on the way. (October)Pinot's in the cellar now.2012 Sea Smoke 10 and Southing, 2012 Siduri Rosellas and Keefer, and 2013 Pappaiertro 777 Clones and Pommard Clones respe... Read More

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  • You mean Barolo the French wine? Good name for a French restaurant! At least I didn't say 'steak restaurant in Tampa.'My abject apologies, Willie D. Once again posting without thinking, a bad habit on my part. BTW, is 'Willie' OK? My dad was variously Willam R., Bill, Willy, or Mac. Willy was for his closest family (of the same generation or abo... Read More

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  • Oh DM!  Bill is going to lambaste you!  He works at Barolo. Mjet, he intermittently posts and is consistently laconic and incoherent, but we love him and he's spawned what became some of the most entertaining threads ever. Remember the hate for seagulls and the Vega?  Great stuff!I think it's great that he thinks the 12 is better than the 13.  I... Read More

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  • Yet another example of how Italian wines--even Baroli--can provide relatively ... be at that dinner... Barolo + Barbaresco 19641964 is considered one of a few really great Piemonte vintages – an “Annata Eccezionale” on Renato Ratti’s seminal vintage chart and the equivalent on many others, and it’s the source of some of the best old Nebbiolo w... Read More

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  • "A somewhat tall order, as does not seem up my alley."Nice to go off ... but that's how I found Barolo in the first place back when, since I was drinking weakass Chianti in those days ('70s, early '80s) which led to Brunellos and Super Tuscans, with a segue to Gaja Sperss. Chianti was so often dodgy then and it was like duck and goose hunting ... Read More

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  • A somewhat tall order, as does not seem up my alley. Sort of resigning myself ... great value.2010 Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera - Great to have another iconic Barolo Cru that hasn't gone to triple digit Read More

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  • EM - I'm feeling the desire for a Ridge Zinfandel, but that would mean a ... was gone, Rick opened a 2011 Barolo which was pretty good.  I wasn't feeling any pain at this point.  I don't even remember him opening the 2003 cognac at the end, but I have a picture to prove it.  I don't think we had a dessert but who knows?  We managed to walk bac... Read More

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  • Hello folks,  I have some wines I would like to sell privately. I was ... Einaudi Barolo Cannubi Nebbiolo2004 1Clarendon Hills Brookmansyrah2005 1Hanzellpinot noir2007 1Rochiolipinot noir2006 1Tenuta Sette Ponti Orenoother2009red blnd1Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz  Cabernet/Shiraz2002 7Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier lieu dit Malakoffshira... Read More

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  • Are you looking at any vintages in particular for drinking now Rckr? I would suggest odd numbers if they are recent, such as '05, '07, '09, '11, etc. I suppose some 12's also may not have shut down yet.Dont worry about the dumpster diving, I feel like there's been some confusion there. Basically, it's speaking directly to old ghosts that is frow... Read More

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