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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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Cascina Adelaide

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

    Marchesi di Barolo was and is a winery that has received numerous awards for its wines and has be...

  • Cambria Winery

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Even some of the world's greatest viticulturalists, with all the magic they can bring to bear, are underneath it all just farmers, subject to the exigencies of the weather. And this sounds like particularly nasty weather.Guess this doesn't bode well for prices on the 2014 vintage, either. Read More

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    Forum post in the topic Hail in Barolo

  • As you may have heard the barolo region was hit by a massive hail storm late yesterday afternoon.I've heard that there is serious damage in Monforte, Ginestra and Gavarini in particular though  follow-up report by SNOOTHER 1519584, has shown these early reports to be less than accurate. though  modest damage west of Barolo and skirting up toward... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hail in Barolo by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz

  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Elio 2000 Barolo Casa Mate  |  1 in stock  |  $49.99 Gratien, Alfred NV Champagne Classique Brut  |  6 in stock  |  $34.99 Guado al Tasso 2004 Bolgheri Superiore   |  6 in stock  |  $69.99 Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2001 Macon-Milly-Lamartine   |  2 in stock  |  $... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... Aldo 2000 Barolo Colonello  |  1 in stock  |  $74.99 Damilano 1998 Barolo Liste  |  2 in stock  |  $49.99 Damilano 1999 Barolo Cannubi  |  1 in stock  |  $59.99 Settimo, Aurelio 1995 Barolo Rocche  |  1 in stock  |  $44.99 Aleramici 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva... Read More

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  • Now you're talking my language.  I love Brunello and Barolo.  I don't drink them often. I have about five of each on hand, at least ten years old (some are 15 now), and I replace them occasionally.  If one drank them daily...they'd lose a bit of their magic. Read More

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  • Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2012


    Theres a lovely herbal medicinal character on the nose here, a little nettle toned over blackberry and black plum fruit. Bright, light, very clear and precise on the palate, this is made in a rather lean and decisive style that highlights the nice blackberry palate and slightly dried meaty finish. Tiny dusty tannins add a touch of astringency o... Read More

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  • Monferrato Casa Wallace "Il Rosso" Meritage. Read More

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  • Monferrato Rosso Casa Wallace (Entrée) and Moscato La Dolce Via for Dessert..The Casa Wallace is an amazing Organic Meritage. virtually unknown.  Read More

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  • So what wines will be served with the 4th and 5th courses? Read More

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