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Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

2018 Gaja Barolo Dagromis

Light label condition issue

7 available
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2014 Gaja Barolo Sperss

JS  95   
WA  94   
VN  93   
WS  92   
JR  17.5   

2016 Gaja Barolo Sperss

WA  100   
JD  100   
JS  97   
WS  95   
VN  93   
6 available
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1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Light label condition issue

ST  95+    
RP  94-96   
WS  91   

1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Label condition issue

ST  95+    
RP  94-96   
WS  91   

2016 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

JS  97   
6 available
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1990 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva

Heavy capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
WA  98   

1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva

Lightly elevated cork

GR  3 Bicchieri   
RP  98   
ST  98+    
WS  95   

2019 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

2019 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

Light label condition issue

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga di Alba

GR  3 Bicchieri   
WA  97   
WS  97   
ST  96+    

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga di Alba

Lightly elevated cork; base neck fill; light label condition issue

VN  100   
WA  99   
ST  98+    
WS  96   

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga di Alba

Base neck fill; light label condition issue

VN  100   
WA  99   
ST  98+    
WS  96   

2007 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga di Alba

Light label condition issue

JS  100   
WA  98   
WS  97   

2001 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

Light label condition issue

WA  96   
WS  91   
ST  91-93   
JR  17.5+    
2 available
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2018 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

VN  95+    
2 available
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2018 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

VN  95+    

1958 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
WA  94   

1993 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

RP  92   

2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

JD  95   
WA  94+    
VN  94   
JS  94   
11 available
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2018 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

WA  94   
VN  92   
JS  92   
2 available
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2007 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito

Light label condition issue

WA  96+    
WS  94   
ST  94+    
3 available
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2018 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc

WA  95   
JS  93   
JR  17   
3 available
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2018 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio

JS  94   
WA  93   
JR  17   
5 available
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2019 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio