Best Barolo Wine

Barolo is a full-bodied red wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piemonte. Barolo means “commune” in Italian. This powerful DOCG red wine is made from the late-ripening Nebbiolo grape. Barolo tends to be light rust in colour. Barolo is often described as one of Italy’s greatest wines.

Traditional Barolos were known for their ability to age. These red wines extract lots of tannin while fermenting on their skins for about three weeks. Barolos are then aged in large wooden casks for 20-30 days, and it can take up to 10 years for the wine to soften. When Barolo is aged more than 5 years, with at least 3 years in oak, it may be labeled Riserva.

The 1970s and 1980s saw Barolo’s rise in popularity and globalization in style. International palates demanded fruitier and less tannic wines. Some modern Barolo producers cut fermentation time to a minimum of 10 days, then the wine aged in new French oak barriques followed by extended bottle aging prior to release. Traditionalists do not recognize this as Barolo.

My reviews of these Barolo red wines are updated weekly. These Barolo red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Barolo wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Barolo in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Bongiovanni Barolo 2006
D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy
A juicier more lifted and brighter Barolo than most. I really like this style. Full-bodied and juicy with fleshy dark berries and fruit. A smoky long finish. Great wine for the cellar. Yum! Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $49.95 Score: 92/100

This Barolo was reviewed December 11, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 204594  Check Stock

Abbona La Pieve Barolo 2005
D.O.C.G, Piedmont, Italy
Vintages Wine Panel: The great Nebbiolo-based wines of Barolo rarely come at this fine a price, so this is the perfect opportunity to sample this Piedmontese classic. The 2005 vintage is just starting to hit the market, so this also offers an opportune sneak-peek at the character of the vintage. Look for aromas of plum, truffles, raspberry and cedar in this wine. The tannins should be firm, but there will be plenty of fruit here to bring balance. My note: A real gripper but I like it! Big, black with a tarry streaking through the middle. Black cherry resistance and some dark spices. Perfect for black magic nights. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2018  Price: $26.95 Score: 92/100

This Barolo was reviewed February 5, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 213132  337 in stock

Terre Del Barolo Valdisera Barbera D'alba 2007
D.O.C., Piedmont, Italy
Vintages Wine Panel: This single-vineyard Barbera shows rich cherry and berry aromas along with notes of chocolate and pencil shavings on the nose. It’s dry, with a medium body and great structure supporting the attractive ripe red berry fruit flavours. There’s a noticeable hint of chestnut on the surprisingly long finish. This is a best buy for Barbera lovers. It’s ready to drink. My note: A tasty, robust wine with enticing aromas of black fruit, cedar box, and smoke. Great price! Barbera D'alba food pairings: grilled lamb with mustard, seared Arctic Char with olive oil and garlic. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Barbera D'alba was reviewed January 9, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 134759  Check Stock

Marchesi Di Barolo Dolcetto D'alba 2005
Doc, Piedmont, Italy
Vintages Wine Panel: A vibrant, fresh wine that shows its best in the first 3-5 years, this Dolcetto is classic for its variety with aromas and flavors of sour cherry and almond. A delicious, lighter red, it can also be chilled for 20 minutes and enjoyed as a sipper aperitif. My note: A light red with mouth-watering juiciness. Marchesi Di Barolo Dolcetto D'alba food pairings: simple fish dishes, pasta with a light red sauce. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $21.95 Score: 88/100

This Marchesi Di Barolo Dolcetto D'alba was reviewed May 26, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 26187  Check Stock

Barolo Cabutto Tenuta Vigna La Volta 2003
Piedmont, Italy
Gorgeous notes of violets, blackberries and leather. Full-bodied with a long finish. Barolo Cabutto Tenuta Vigna La Volta food pairings: grilled meats, cheeses, game. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $55.95 Score: 91/100

This Barolo Cabutto Tenuta Vigna La Volta was reviewed May 10, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 586354  Check Stock
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Heavy oak treatment of Barolo imparts vanilla and spices notes that mask the lovely floral components of the Nebbiolo grape. This controversy of traditional versus modern methods of making Barolo have been called the “Barolo Wars.”

Barolo has enjoyed a privileged status from its early beginnings. Widely termed “the wine of kings, the king of wines” among the nobility of Turin and the ruling House of Savoy. Today Barolo still enjoys such status. It’s now often blended with Barbera, Merlot, Syrah grapes to give the wine a youthful deep garnet glow and ripe berry, fruity flavours.

Barolo is still fit for nobility as its prices reflect this status (or bank account).

Fun fact: Global warming has been good to the Barolo-producing zone. Long, hot summers coupled with mild autumns give way to misty fog that prevent grapes from burning allowing higher concentration of sugars and tannins. This has lead to 20 years of superb Barolo vintages.

Pair Barolo with anchovy pizza, porcini mushrooms and prime rib beef.