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...

  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Barolo

Popular Wineries in Barolo View all

  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Boroli

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

  • Cavallotto

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2010

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    Blended Bricco Sarmassa back in this vintage Big aromatic herb grasses on the nose blend with deep burnished fruit, prune in alcohol and deep burnished burnt spice. Deeper and more powerful on the palate with gorgeous dark cherry fruit that is precise and well defined with an added bit of power and ripe tannins. This is a bit dark in the mouth, ... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brezza Barolo 2010

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    Deep bay leaf edged wild cherry fruit on the nose is joined by a bit of rosehip in a slightly jammy and slightly minty style with a top note of astringent lingonberry, antiseptic fruit. Bright with good energy on entry, this is a bit lean, transparent and light on the palate with delicate raspberry fruit. there is great tannic structure here, la... Read More

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  • Brezza Barolo 2010

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    Camphor and herb stem notes greet the nose followed by a base of black currant/blackberry fruit A bit soft and compact in the mouth, this reveals earthy, slightly herby, simple but pure and tense burnished cherry fruit with hints of sandalwood and medicinal licorice nuances. Nicely poised and modestly firm, this is elegant and perfumed in the mo... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Parussi Massolino 2010

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    The top of the Cru in Castiglione, which one would expect to give a more supple wine, but it doesnt! Very floral on the nose and at the same time absolutely packed with raspberry, black raspberry fruit and black tea notes. Not as complex on the nose as the wines from Serralunga and more obviously fruity. Broad and supple in the mouth, there is a... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Barolo Margheria 2010

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    Planted in 1985 under the winery just north, a little sandier than the others, ... Lovely classic expression of Barolo. 93p Read More

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  • Massolino Barolo 2010

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    A little hail in May in this part of Serralunga lowering yields High toned and a bit vegetal on the clean and fresh nose which is quite zesty and almost peppery with huge polleny floral notes and a hint of peach skin. Very well integrated on the palate this is supple and rich and already showing some evolution with rosehips, burnished fruit, an... Read More

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  • Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2010

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    Delayed harvest a few days to get maximum ripeness , and it was already a late vintage, later than 2008 Smoky with a hint of cocoa on the nose followed by very mineral and herbal aromas, a tight floral note and lots of lingering camphor. Fine grained tannins lend this an austere, lean quality on entry, then this turns faceted in the mouth with g... Read More

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  • Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate 2010

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    A bit of wood on the nose followed by aromas of clay, silica, spice, lingonberry, and deep camphor and dried herbal note emerge from the glass. Powerful with dark, rich fruit on entry, this has rather soft tannins and bright acids supporting plummy, heavy, earthy flavors that are a bit chunky in the mouth. Dense with tannins, this is quite power... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Nei Cannubi 2010

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    Classic on the nose with a bit of sweet cassia bark, carob, wild cherry in alcohol, bit of wood spice, and lots of camphor on the deep nose. Pretty powerful on entry, this shows lovely clarity and depth on the palate, rich with sour fruits, ripe tannins but lots of them, and emerging inner mouth aromatic complexity. The palate shows shades of he... Read More

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  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2010

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    Tight and deep on the nose which is both very floral and very raw, bright with camphor and a hint of wood spice along with roses and red beryl fruit. Very cool and finely textured in the mouth, really a gorgeous texture so bright and fresh and light on the palate with slow to emerge red plum, wild cherry and spice flavors. The tannins start buil... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


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