Nebbiolo Values

Gaining insight into future vintages of Barolo and Barbaresco

Tight, mineral aromas gain hints of dried peach, forest floor, camphor and rose petal in the glass. This is a bit spicy in the mouth; medium bodied with lovely balance soft but present acidity and  ripe succulent tannins supporting bitter cherry fruit with an earthy, limestone filled backdrop. This shows really fine cut on the palate with tannins driving the long finish filled with tart red fruits, Fairly refined  for a Langhe Nebbiolo.  90pts
Very aromatic with  intense aromas of cherries in alcohol, pickled watermelon, mint and fresh rye bread with a gently smoky top note. Light jammy raspberry fruit greets the palate with a bit of a soft, broad feel. This lacks the nervous energy of previous vintages but delivers rich, soft fresh and deep fruit, with nice earthy top notes all supported by very Nebbiolo tannins. The finish is long and lovely with fine persistence to the fruit. A happy, round and supple Nebbiolo. 89pts
Shorter macerations with lower temperatures than for Barolo, young vines from many of the same vineyards.
Nice cherry fruit on the nose is well framed by licorice notes and a bit of spicy wood Fairly ripe and fruity on entry, this soft and broad in the mouth with good height on the palate. Rich with dark cherry fruit accented by nice mineral notes and a little licorice and tobacco on the back end, this shows a nice touch of firmness from masses of soft, supple tannins that lead to a long finish with a nice blend of savoriness and small red berry fruit culminating in a long lingering burnished cherry finale. 89pts
12 to 15 days fermentations then 1.5 years in botte. All from vineyards within Barolo, either young vines, or plants that don't deliver the complexity needed for Barolo some of which have 45 years of age. In essence a declassified Barolo.
Beautiful on the nose with layers of earth and savory complexity. not fruity in the fruit sense, but delivers a lot of terroir driven aromatics.  In the mouth this is juicy, very mineral driven again not a fruity style but a very terroir driven example that reveals subtle layers of earth, dried herbs, and small red berry raspberry and wild cherry fruits. There’s just a touch of smokiness here as well, which might be from some wood but this remains fairly complex, with good length and elegance in the model of a mountain Nebbiolo. 89pts 
Absolutely no new oak, 14 months in second and third passage
Slightly warmer microclimate, pick grapes beginning of oct
Fresh on the nose with light, perfumes of tight floral tones, wild herbs, and almost a bitter apple tone, with minty accents over a core of small red berried fruit. Quite open on entry with a gently sweet edge to the raspberry and strawberry fruit backed up with a hint of cinnamon and a dried herb and fennel notes. There is fine acid balance with lovely small, fresh tannins that have an astringent shading to them lending this an elegant feel. This shows real finesse on the palate but the fruit remains slightly dense and opaque. 89pts
Balsamic, fresh, and tense on the nose with the purity of mountain forest air filled with tiny red fruit and floral notes though there is something slightly dirty lurking on the nose, Lightweight and elegant with a light roundness of texture and just touch of glycerine adding a little flesh to the clear red fruit on the palate. This is very tense in the mouth with austere tannins and a long, elegant finish. 89pts 

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  • Travaglini Vendemmia, Tre Vigne and Riserva.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 12:16 PM

  • All three are from Gattinara.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 12:19 PM

  • Snooth User: grdanes
    569201 2

    just clicked on your g+ to follow you but i notice last post was jan 13?????? thats a shame

    Oct 08, 2013 at 3:00 PM

  • Snooth User: brujazz
    532433 11

    Hey GDP, just wondering if you tasted any of the "other" Nebbiolo. I'm talking about those sometime quirky area wines called Spanna and of course it's more "refined" relative, Gattinera! Some of the Spannas, particularly the single vineyard Vallanas, can be pretty special. All offer great QPR on top of quality drinking.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 4:54 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    Wow, when you say "value," you're not kidding. Some pretty high ratings for wines in the $20-$40 range. Thanks.

    Oct 08, 2013 at 8:32 PM

  • Snooth User: ROUKFA
    1327124 65

    G.D Vajra Nebbiolo,vietti nebbiolo perbacco must be given a try

    Oct 09, 2013 at 12:57 PM

  • Snooth User: ROUKFA
    1327124 65

    vietti nebbiolo perbacco is a baby barolo $24 ave/bottle

    Oct 09, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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