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...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

    The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to ...

  • Franco Conterno

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

  • Conterno Fantino

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

  • Cascina Bruni

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

  • Michele Chiarlo

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

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Barolo on Snooth

  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... alongside an MW.)6. Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: C... Read More

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  • Interesting group so far...3 x Barolo/Barbaresco2 x CdP2 x California 1 x California + Champagne1 x BC/ Canadian1 x Rioja1 x Brunello (could not read the other wine RCKR rec'd) Read More

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  • I received a nice CdP from my Secret Santa.  RBA's name is all over ... just like I drooled over the Barolo from Fox a couple year's ago! : Read More

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  • 2011 Damilano Barolo BrunateWas pretty pumped when my wife sent me the picture as I didn't know it was a Brunate until then.At this point, I'd be surprised if it wasn't one of Foxall, Dmcker, or GregT. I guess that's nearly half the field as DV, VV, OT, and MJET are already off the board, with RCKR being off the board for me.Im going with Foxall... Read More

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  • OT, not you?  Okay, it's Dmcker, which I can figure out even with my ... Lucha drooled all over the Barolo I sent him a couple years back, it's been a trend, but notice how much Langhe wine is in the mix this year.  That's not enough to base your guess on. And a hint to my recipient:  I do a lot of research.  Makers treat different different w... Read More

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  • My in-laws opened it for me.  They said the return address was Berkley.  A Barolo from Berkley.  That's about as cryptic as Donald Trump's impending conflicts of interest.Thanks Fox.  Good job my man :)   Read More

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  • I got some Damilano!It was totally secret except for me seeing the top of the ... would be likely to buy me Barolo, but Damilano, I'm not so sure. Going through the list, I can't think of who else would buy me Barolo, so I'm going with RCKR, because I see him post some interesting Italian wines from time to time.Yes, I agree with Fox. It looks... Read More

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  • If you called it I am speechless. I figured the SA Rose then Lagrien then ... Post, Stacole, Vine to Wine, Barolo Ristorante, Larry Miller and Eastpointe 1 Singer Island friends. - Willia Read More

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  • JD:  We'll all be eating squirrel, deer, and whatever we can get our ... (Lamb, for one.)  Also Barolo and Barbaresco.  It was certainly not the first time I had eaten venison. It's a lot of work to get venison, rabbit, and other good game if you don't hunt and live in an area where hunting is not common.  If I want a rabbit, it's farm raised,... Read More

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  • Do you have muleys over there or is that a behemoth black or whitetail? ... ... Ripasso/Amarone would work, Barolo and a Brunello or big Rosso di Montalcino, too. Of course a big claret from either Right or Left Bank, and a C9dP or Syrah, too. Rioja calling. Want balance and not too much oak, as always, though some OK. Grilling them over wood?... Read More

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