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Barolo Wines

The Barolo Wine Region is a DOCG located in Piedmont, Italy. Prior to the 19th century, Barolo wasn’t the tannic, dry wine that it is today. In fact, the cold winter months in Piedmont caused the yeast to go dormant, halting fermentations and leaving behind residual sugar. With increased winemaking knowledge, vinification techniques were modernized and fermentations were properly completed. The Barolo Wine Reviews below illustrate how these 100% Nebbiolo-based wines are notably modest in color, with high levels of both acid and tannin and aromas of tar, roses and truffles. While Barolo may be produced in 11 communes, the five principal communes of production are La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Barolo itself. The wines are required by DOCG regulations to age for a minimum of 38 months, spending at least 18 months in wood prior to release. Barolo reserva age even longer, requiring a minimum of 62 months, including at least 18 months in wood. For more information, check out our Barolo Wine Guide for more information.

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Sandrone 2001 Cannubi Boschis Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $135
Absolutely lovely. It starts off dense and tarry on the nose, with plum and chocolate fudge scents, then adds layers of bright floral and cherry notes with airing, while the palate is a whirl of mouthcoating flavors that never seem hamhanded despite the great intensity. Finishes with wonderfully plush tannins, making this approachable now, yet capable of evolving…  — J.C.  (3/1/2006)
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Giacomo Fenocchio 2008 Bussia 90 Dì Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $80
This superb single-vineyard bottling from the heart of Bussia was macerated on the skins for a whopping 90 days. It’s a breathtaking expression of Barolo, with intense Nebbiolo scents of rose, truffle and leather. The palate shows vibrant black cherry, truffle, spice, carob, pastry cream and balsamic herb notes and has remarkable depth and complexity. This is…  — K.O.  (9/1/2013)
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Cavallotto 2007 Vignolo Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $98
This is a stunning and vibrant Barolo that defies the heat of the vintage thanks to 47-year-old vines, amazing terroir and noninvasive winemaking. It shows floral aromas of violet layered with spice and truffle, while the palate delivers rich wild cherry, mint and cinnamon. This already shows excellent complexity, but it’s still young. Drink after 2022.  — K.O.  (9/1/2013)
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Vietti 2006 Brunate Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $130
Bravo! The Brunate cru has awarded Vietti with a stellar product: a wine that is unusually dark and plush with impressive intensity and crafted aromas of black fruit, spice, earth, licorice, balsam and gianduia chocolate-hazelnut spread. The soft, velvety texture is seductively delicious and the wine will age many long, glorious years.  — M.L.  (12/1/2010)
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Rivetto 2004 Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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Wow: simply wonderful! This wine will blow you away on all levels. The intensity, the quality of the mouthfeel, the fine focus of the fruit and spice aromas and its long persistency are stratospheric. It’s a dark, brooding expression of Nebbiolo with enough of an aromatic motor to carry it forward many years, if not decades of cellar aging. The Rivetto family has…  — M.L.  (12/1/2010)
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Cordero di Montezemolo 2007 Bricco Gattera Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $80
This is an exceptional wine that will leave a mark, and a memory, with those who drink it. It’s irresistible because of its brilliant, but simple, philosophy. Traditional Nebbiolo tones of cola, licorice and pressed violets are set beautifully against modern tones of spice, chocolate and vanilla. It’s the integration of these two extremes that make this Barolo so…  — M.L.  (9/1/2011)
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Poderi Luigi Einaudi 2006 Costa Grimaldi Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $70
Costa Grimaldi is a spectacular wine that surprises with every sip thanks to its intensity and the extraordinary quality of its mouthfeel. Initially, the wine is soft and yielding with tones of red cherry, chocolate, cola, licorice and mineral. It grows even more opulent and velvety in the mouth thanks to its fine texture and tannins. Keep this wine in your cellar…  — M.L.  (12/1/2010)
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Paolo Scavino 2009 Cannubi Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $118
Hailing from 70-year-old vines in Cannubi, the most storied vineyard in Barolo, this stunning wine is intensely perfumed with rose petal, violet, sage and eucalyptus notes. The juicy palate delivers creamy black cherry, herb and mineral notes. It’s beautifully balanced and has great depth, wonderful energy and ample complexity.  — K.O.  (9/1/2013)
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