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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  • Arneis

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

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

  • Boroli

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

  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Cambria Winery

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

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

    The Scavino family farm is located in the village of Castiglione Falletto, where it was founded...

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Thank you all for the warm welcome. I have been to Bern's twice but ... I ... ... I will also get up to Barolo in the summe Read More

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  • I hear Jay Miller really liked Bern's Steak House... OT, have you made ... ... the other hand, that Barolo Palm Beach list is available.  From sublime (or sublime-ish) Brunello (sorry, the namesake wine is waaaay too young and mostly from mediocre vintages) to ridiculous Layer Cake. And William, would you please correct that Ridge Geyserville?... Read More

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  • Wine Library BDVI offer:Hello Berserkers! So our first deal is site wide ... those. 3 side notes.-The 2 Barolos have additional quantity coming at the end of this week. Due to the impending storm on the east coast, we can't get more stock till the end of the week, but we are taking back orders if they over sell.-The Talenti is a pre-sale due i... Read More

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  • You will have to go to West Palm Beach to Barolo Restaurant and visit our boy William Djubin, recently voted high in the top 25 Sommeliers in the County! Read More

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  • DM - Interesting story regarding the Pio Cesare.  I didn't ask our ... ... as I poured the first Barolo, but for some reason that thought didn't last very long.Sunday was a day of celebration - my birthday (a few days early though)!  Having recovered from the excess of Saturday night, we had just a small glass of this 2012 Raats Red Jasper bl... Read More

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  • Last night we had our neighborhood friends (Debbie & Rick) over for a nice ... ... they brought over a 2009 Barolo (Pio Cesare Winery, Piedmont region of Italy) and as a birthday gift for me, a 2012 St. Francis Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Bacchi Vineyard) along with a skull cork screw.  We didn't drink my birthday wine, but here's how it ... Read More

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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... ... but so does Barbaresco/Barolo, or Burgundy, N. Rhone wines, etc. If you're going to do sparkling with that, I'd go for something with some real age on it. But first choice wouldn't be sparkling.To answer your question - there's no reason you can't go from s... Read More

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  • Why drive?  Fox and I were hammered when we were in Napa (just ... ... max.  Now Amarone and Barolo I can sit on.  I've still got some that I bought eight years ag Read More

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  • I can't believe there would be a problem with them, Al.  I can tell ... ... you for opening up a Barolo that is not deep into its second decade of existenc Read More

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  • My favorite Oddero on the trip was actually a Barbaresco, but I would consider ... great, unadorned traditional Barolo.  Speaking of the trip, I'm definitely going back in 2016, but I'm wondering if I can wait that long.So I bought a bunch of discounted wine recently--zins, PS, a cheap PN (wish me luck, but I have had a lot of overpriced and m... Read More

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