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...

  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

  • Luigi Baudana

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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  • When I see those drinking windows on CT that say, 2016-2022, I think of the ... want to drink a ten year old Barolo (or more likely Brunello, since that's pretty young for either but more so a Barolo), I would drink a 2006 at the beginning of 2017.  Other than dailies, I try to avoid anything less than five years old, but there's no good reaso... Read More

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  • 2009 Harlan "The Maiden" was offered to me tonite.Notes. A brutal ... ... #6. corkage was waived @ Barolo tonite.Mille Gratis Table # Read More

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  • Truffles and Barolo or Barbaresco.  Might not be a better combination of food and wine anywhere.  Makes you glad to have lived a life that made you seek out something better than a fast food burger and a coke.  Usually we can thank our parents for it, but someone introduces us to that kind of pleasure, and we need to thank them. Anyway, I have t... Read More

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  • Right before I saw this, I bought some meat for Osso Buco.  I was thinking ... ... of pairing with some Barolo.  Or maybe some Brunello.  But you know what?  One of Mike's Syrahs, or maybe one of Robin's, or maybe a Halcon, would be good, too.  I'm going to have to order a couple of the Mike/Paul&Jackie joint ventures, since I was there (as wa... Read More

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  • Il Marroneto Madonna delle Grazie (a Riserva) was the 2001 Brunello.  The ... ... exactly what really old Barolo can be, at least in my limited experience.  It may have been a bit past its peak, but it had all that iron fist in velvet glove weightless power, tannins that snuck up on you, freshness in that it had clean acids but no vinegary of... Read More

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  • Pretty tight. Come back with notes, especially the Oddero as it's my birth ... ... year wine. Last '61 Barolo I tried  had dropped all of it's color. How was thi Read More

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  • A few of us met in San Diego last Friday for some wine and company at the ... ... Caceras Rioja, 1961 Oddero Barolo, 1999 Kiralyudvar Tokaji, 2007 Donnhoff Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg (Nahe), and later a 1964 Marques de Riscal Rioja!Consensus red of the night was the Oddero. Good medium red, bricking color. It didn't have the fireworks of ... Read More

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  • Oh, you can't leave us there, GdP.  You tasted "several dozen Barolo" and not even a link to your notes? I've only had a couple Bedrocks, and they didn't blow me away.  But I have a couple more, so giving it another go.Drunk a Teroldego the other day and thought of GdP, or his relatives, anyway.  Had a Trousseau from Jura a few nights before tha... Read More

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  • No 1990 to compare, at least on this night. It was a lovely bottle. Starting to ... weekend, by several dozen Barolo. Some good, many over the hill, and some stunning! Cheers!&nbs Read More

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  • Dmcker- here in CA we drink the best and cook with the rest! LOL!  Just ... ... If a recipe calls for Barolo, I may choose a nicer, inexpensive zin (I know, a total sacrilege) or a Nebbiolo.   As far as whites, I am not picky as I use a lot of white wine to saute/deglaze pans.  Maybe OT should send me that chard Read More

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