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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

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  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

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

  • Paolo Manzone

    Luisella e Gian Paolo are the landly and the landlord who will be glad to receive you to spend a ...

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Fontanafredda

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Marchesi di Barolo

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

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  • "the Moreau came off noticeably more lean and mineral."Hardly ... ... ... can take a palpable hit. Barolo on the other hand is a perfect match--something about the melding of the acidities. When I first started going crazy Italian, roughly 3 decades ago, osso bucco and risotto milanese would always scream for some Sperss accompaniment. I ended... Read More

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  • Very enjoyable tasting and evening, not surprisingly. Big thanks to Fox for ... ... perhaps more than the Barolo's.2014 Hudelot-Bailley Chambolle Musigny V.V.Good ripeness for the vintage, with good fruit concentration and Chambolle elegance. Very even effort, though slightly preferred the Felettig Clos du Village also tasted for its extra ge... Read More

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  • Well the offer still seems to be 'valid', though they say they're out of stock:BaroloRomirascoUnless of course they archive these pages without saying so. No idea when the offers were first posted... Here are some Conternos up in Fox's general vicinity that wouldn't be infanticide--even made back when the old man was vital. That 5L 2000 would be... Read More

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • The place was packed on a Wednesday after noon as soon as the 5 o'clock ... one), so the prices on the Barolo and Barbaresco seemed pretty fair--perhaps the delle Rose was higher than I expected, but Garblet Sue was definitely less, as was Monvigliero, than I have seen out here, when I can even find them. When shipping from elsewhere is factor... Read More

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  • It's good to get as many perspectives as possible until, as you say, you ... put blanket statements on Barolo, and that the region is split between two macro areas/soils. On the west, the tortonian soils usually have the early appeal Barolo's from La Morra and much of Barolo proper (various part of Cannubi, etc.), and on the east is where the ... Read More

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  • I don't know, in 2014 the 2010 Burlotto Monvig already was great, but it ... I just don't find young Barolo's "faults" so troubling.  But, yeah, I'm not busting mine out right now, either.  On the other hand, you might dip into some of those '11s before too long.  I think they will age, but I also think they were almost immediately accessible.... Read More

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  • Yes, I do have a mind to buy more back vintages of things, though there is also ... there has been 2010 - 2012 Barolo to think about, along with 2011 and 2008 Cru Barbaresco, and some 2010's to Read More

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  • Pelaverga:  Burlotto makes one.  It wasn't my favorite.  ... ... I had a few of those in Barolo, mostly remember Francesco Rinaldi's version.  Again, not my favorite. Even one of the "lighter" or earlier maturing nebbiolos is young at 7+ years, but I'm not convinced that you have to wait terribly long to drink them anymore.  Optimal?  probabl... Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... lovers of Barolo and Barbaresco—have never enjoyed a single bottle of Lessona. Off the top of my head, I can name only three Lessona producers whose wines are imported into the US. The Clerico family produces less than 500 cases of wine each year, and less than h... Read More

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