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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Cavallotto

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

  • Damilano

    The origins of the Damilano farming company date back to over a centry ago, when Giuseppe Borgogn...

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

  • Fontanafredda

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Renato Ratti Barolo Conca 2010


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    Wine review by cathyg

  • Self-Imposed-Wine-Buying-MoratoriumYou can't really go wrong with 2010 Barolo, though Bussia is one huge region, all I've had has been excellent as well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Interesting story behind that Barolo purchase RF.  So what does 'SIWBM' mean anyway?  I'm guessing 'Self Imposed Wine Buying Moratorium' based on an Internet search. Read More

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  • Young Barolo is pretty enjoyable if you like the tannins and acids.  Some are being made to drink younger.  But most people I've talked to who are really into it want to drink it mature.  And that shutdown can last a really long time.  I'd say a year or two after release it can start, and it can last until the wine hits 15 years, even longer.  I... Read More

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  • Okay, broke the moratorium.  Here's why:WTSO for $30 a bottle.  ... about it when ordering the Barolo for Secret Santa.  They sent a gift certificate for both bottles I purchased--I hadn't drunk the second Cornas yet so that was beyond generous.  Especially when I had the second one and it was fine.  Those were actually a steal at the price I ... Read More

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  • OT speaks volumes.  Coincidentally, JD just drank a Barolo that was really off from the first time he tried it.  I said it likely had shut down.  I could have said it is in it's dumb phase, but with Barolo and Barbaresco I would be more likely to use the phrase "shut down."  Dumb wines just, to me, taste inexplicably boring and flat; shut down w... Read More

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  • Keep in mind that Barolo can be good if tough for some young, but often shuts down for many, many years.  Not sure what the story is with the Fennochio.  I have to say the G. Mascarello from '06 I tasted last year was by no means shut down, either.  Read More

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  • That's good to hear Fox...2000 is the most accessible Barolo I've ever had (happened to be a Bartolo Mascarello in February 2014), so not surprising the Granbussia showed well. Also nice to share a great bottle like that with your SO. I was at a tasting yesterday with a bunch of friends, perhaps we had too many wines on the table, that a lot of ... Read More

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  • Sandrone is modernist, so it's interesting to see what's happening to ... ... and sharpness are key to Barolo's ability to age and "taming" those just ruins all the fun.  Especially since the Langhe, like so much of the world, is getting warmer and ripeness is much less of an issue.  (Rain, weird storms are still a big threat, as we've seen pr... Read More

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  • The Sandrone's were not as much to my tastes...the 1993 was very dry and woody, perhaps more woody. Read More

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