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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  • 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...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • 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...

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  • Renato Ratti

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

  • Brovia

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • If you called it I am speechless. I figured the SA Rose then Lagrien then ... Post, Stacole, Vine to Wine, Barolo Ristorante, Larry Miller and Eastpointe 1 Singer Island friends. - Willia Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trebbiano 2015 vs Torrentes...


  • JD:  We'll all be eating squirrel, deer, and whatever we can get our ... (Lamb, for one.)  Also Barolo and Barbaresco.  It was certainly not the first time I had eaten venison. It's a lot of work to get venison, rabbit, and other good game if you don't hunt and live in an area where hunting is not common.  If I want a rabbit, it's farm raised,... Read More

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  • Do you have muleys over there or is that a behemoth black or whitetail? ... ... Ripasso/Amarone would work, Barolo and a Brunello or big Rosso di Montalcino, too. Of course a big claret from either Right or Left Bank, and a C9dP or Syrah, too. Rioja calling. Want balance and not too much oak, as always, though some OK. Grilling them over wood?... Read More

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  • Damilano Barolo Cerequio 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vietti Barolo di Castiglione Falletto 2012

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    strongly structured with waves of plums and pepper spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Della Viole Piedmont 2011

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    rich, fruity, savoury, yet complex Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2012

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    started a bit harsh, but with some breathing became more mellowed, fruity and savoury, with fine oaky notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • G.d. Vajra Barolo Albe 2011

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    some oak notes, savoury, but quite heavy Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Swiss PNs also work. I actually like an *aged*, well integrated claret best ... Maybe nebbiolo from north of Barolo. Burgundy is a no-brainer, as indicated by the New Orleans resto's defaul Read More

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  • Well kept over the past 10 years, I chalked it up to the old Faiveley labels, they don't seem to hold up very well even in the hands of the best collectors. Also possible the wine was stored on racks, and moved several times over the course of its life at Faiveley. One careless removal from a wine rack will do it to an old, thin label. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy, Barolo Dinner at...


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