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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Bruni

    The vine growing and wine producing "Cascina bruni" properties are situated in piedmont, the grea...

  • Azienda Agricola Azelia di Luigi Scavino

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

  • Damilano

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Tantara Winery

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I ... ... had one superb bottle of Barolo at a restaurant, but when I bought the same vintage and label (or what  had superseded it, the merchant claimed), Bricco Rocche, and took it home, it just didn't take the same.  Lately I ordered a recent vintage of Barolo from a ... Read More

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  • Giacomo Fenocchio makes good to great Barolo (N Italian) for about half that price.The 2011 Villero has received excellent reviews, you could buy them two bottles and still be toward the lower end of your budget, highly recommend. Read More

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  • Hey, Burgundy isn't really that far away! The guy was fairly specific ... ... know a Brunello from a Barolo.  I gave two good examples of Northern Italian wine that can be put away for years.  They might hate Amarone!&nbs Read More

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  • Yeah, and Amarone and Barbaresco/Barolo are about as different as you can get, so make sure you know what they meant!Amarone is made from dried grapes and it's usually very high in alcohol. Barolo is made from regular grapes, but they're very different from the Amarone grapes and the wine is too. Both of those age well, as DV said. And then you ... Read More

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  • Toddo,When I think Northern Italy, I think Veneto and that means Amarone.  ... Piedmont is also North and Barolo is another good one for cellaring.  Where are you in the US?  Are there some good wine shops near you?  If so, go see what their stock of Amarone and/or Barolo is and what years they are.  Some vintages are better than others.  2004 ... Read More

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  • DM,I don't think BC really has something akin to a 'cult' wine or ... and I could buy some killer Barolo, Brunello, Amarone, you name it.  Leonetti (almost).  For BC, my price limit is about $55.  Right now there are some great wines for between $20-40.  The 2013's I've had so far are seeming to be the best vintage I've tasted.  Apparently 201... Read More

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  • I've actually started looking at points again, esp Parker for some ... the ... the who-can-tell-it's-Barolo modernists the same as the traditionalists and almost never makes a distinction.  I heard from a winemaker there that AG called him up and read him chapter and verse about everything the winemaker did wrong with a particular wine. The wi... Read More

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  • OT - either of those would be good choices.Al - those wines are not put into ... wine in the world, including Barolo and Barbaresco. There's a very long plateau that gradually slopes down at the end, but if the wines are stored well, they will drink well for the rest of your life.Whether you like them or not is a different story entirely. Thos... Read More

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  • Are you absolutely sure about the old Inglenook spread and the current To Kalon ... ... know nothing about that Barolo label. Would be useful to have GDP still around to chime in on it.As you might guess I'm too lazy today to do any serious Net research, or even half-arsed versio Read More

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  • No event, just Halloween dinner with 3 other couples. The Inglenook was DOA due ... cork spun in the bottle. The Barolo was the exact opposite, the cork crumbled like the bottle had spent the majority of its life upright. Chances you take with WineBid.Beckstoffers don't have any of the Rubicon estate. Coppola got it all when they bought the bran Read More

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