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...

  • Arneis

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Conterno Fantino

    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Boroli

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Brovia

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Enjoyed the report as well. Runs a bit counter to another friend's impressions who has spent a lot of time there as well. For example, he loves Fenocchio's 2012's while GdP didn't have too many nice things to say.It is good to hear that there were some success, as it is a birth year for my son and I did plan on buying some.  Read More

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  • Would be nice if so, though doubt GDP can outgun the entire marketeering machine for Barolo in Italy and everywhere else it's sold.Thanks for the pointer, OT. Show's how out of touch I am that I didn't even know about this website of GDP's. Still looks to be a work in progress, but is refreshingly interesting. Read More

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  • GdP shooting straight fire. Coming soon to a LBW/WTSO sale near ...-barolo.htm Read More

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  • Emark, VV could lose minutes of precious drinking time in the vastness of 1k ... and work harder to find some Barolo that I can afford instead of falling for every bottle of Syrah OT recommends. VV, within your PN/Syrah, etc organization you can subsort by location.  I've got, for instance, a bunch of Cornas in one place, some Cote Rotie toget... Read More

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  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple ... Monfalletto and it is a good Barolo, but I'm going to bet the Massolino is far the more age-worthy, and more traditional.  Be patient with it.  (My experience with the Cordero is mentioned in the thread about OT's backyard project--we drank it at his house in cele... Read More

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  • Rckr, this white was dry but not overly dry. We just finished the bottle after ... We'll be consuming this barolo this week, so I'll let you know how it is. I haven't checked the vintage charts but my guy also said that the 11's are ready to go but the 10's need some more lay down tim Read More

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  • Just saw the 2010 Massolini Barolo offered by Vinopolis for $40 I believe. Noticed some glowing reviews from a friend of mine on CT. Suppose I should be tucking away a few. Read More

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  • OK, I know I mentioned a trip to Colmar France in another thread but I may not ... of "fine reds" - Barolo, Brunello and an Amarone. Ended up purchasing the white and red from her tasting and found a different Barolo. Not a bad haul for one afternoon.First off was this tasty white made from the Trebbiano di Lugana grape. This comes in somewher... Read More

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  • Duncan, I'm with Dave on this.  Yes, they have a monitoring agency, ... ... this into that (Cab into Barolo, Syrah into Burgundy, Syrah into Bordeaux, which used to be the accepted practice...), although it would be harder to do now.  Of course, hard to know how you would regulate wines like CdP, which can have anything in it as long as its gr... Read More

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  • Rckr, you'll notice that word "epiphany" in posts.  ... ... ... ago, drinking the great Barolos with GdP in 2014.  My appreciation of wine has been an ever-changing thing, which I suspect plays a role in why wine drinkers stay engaged with the world and seem sharper in their seniority.  (Up to a point, I suppose.)  Nothing will take the top o... Read More

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