Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Nebbiolo Tasted 5/13

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Bartolo Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo (2010)
Comments: Young vines and less than perfect fruit that will not make it into the barolo, harvested one to two weeks earlier than barolo fruit. Wild cherry, watermelon, herb stems and stones really fill the glass in a captivating display of nebbiolo perfume. Opening with great ripeness this shows off sweet fruit with bright acids and tense tannins in near perfect balance.The fruit here is just gorgeous, fresh and detailed with a medicinal herb edge leading to a long, elegant finish filled with with cherry pits, herb stems, stones and mint. Killer Langhe Nebbiolo 93pts
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2 Cavallotto Nebbiolo Langhe (2010)
Comments: 80% young vine Bricco Boschis, the rest comes from vineyards that are outside bricco boschis, since they don't make a base Barolo it all goes in here. Traditionally made with 18 months of aging, in more simple vintages maybe 15 Nice nose, a bit earthy yet powerful with sandalwood and macerated floral notes accenting rather plummy and raspberry scented fruit with an attractive a hint of tar. In the mouth this is both soft and at the same time a fairly rich with great acidity and nice soft tannins supporting with dark fruit that shows a tarry edge and a hint of medicinal florals, maybe a touch of chamomile. There’s also a spicy minty aspect to the wine that I often find in Cavallotto’s wines. The finish is long and shows the slightly chewy, muscular nature of this vintage. Classic Nebbiolo. 92pts
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3 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo (2011)
Comments: The lowest parts of Margheria and Merenga planted specifically for use in Lange Nebbiolo fourteen years ago. These lower vineyards seem to hold more water in the berries so the wines come off as less extracted than higher plts, this vintage the extract is the maximum, same harvest time as barolo Lovely nose filled with pure Nebbiolo fruit, high toned, rose hips, a little agrumi, forest floor, porcini, wild cherry fruit. If you want to smell Nebbiolo, here it is! Lots of round slightly chewy tannins lend this some weight in the mouth and while this is a little short today, this is rather Barolo like on the palate. A powerful little Nebbiolo, tarry and really an impressive expression of the vintage with a killer nose. A damn fine wine but atypical in it’s power and depth. 92pts
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4 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (2011)
Comments: Very aromatic with a really compelling nose filled wild berries, balsamic spices, some cinnamon and a bit of minty fresh herbs. This is intense and ripe in the mouth with impressive complexity and freshness. It has a lovely, lightly chewy feel due to the significant ripe tannins and fine acidity. In the mouth this is remarkably aromatic, and quite Barbaresco like with its masses of ripe fresh balsamic fruit, nice cranberry and strawberry notes topped with herbal, bay leaf and rose petal top notes. A big Langhe Nebbiolo with alcohol of 14.5% this is powerful and full, though today it does seem just a bit light on the finish. 91pts
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5 Cascina Delle Rose Langhe Nebbiolo (2012)
Comments: Shows a woodsy, butchers wax, watermelon rind aroma on the nose followed by a white cherry note, and then savory, briar wood top and emerging rose petal top notes. .A little tight in the mouth with a big tannic structure that sits just above the fruit today and just clips the finish. there’s great acidity here, which helps to lift the fruit on the plate and adds some softening material to help cover the tannins with big cherried fruit and spicy soil notes on the back end and through the moderately long, pure red fruited finish. Needs a bit more time but this should be very good. 90pts
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6 Guido Porro Nebbiolo Langhe (2012)
Comments: 28 day fermentation, six months in botte Classic aromas greet the nose, prune in alcohol, slightly herbal, gently medicinal with a touch of beef and chocolate rounding out the aromas. Easy and open in style, this offers up lots of ripe fruit, lots of acid, and lots of tannin for Langhe Nebbiolo. A baby Barolo in the making with deep rose petal and cactus pad flavors on the palate, and through the really lovely long, aromatic and powerful finish, where is admittedly does show a hint of heat. 90pts
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7 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera (2012)
Comments: 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
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8 Burlotto G.B. Comm. Nebbiolo Langhe (2011)
Comments: 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
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9 Scavino Nebbiolo Langhe (2011)
Comments: 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
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10 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo (2011)
Comments: Just a selection of less ripe, less powerful grapes, a little Barolo one to one and a half years in botte, very Barolo like elevage Lovely fruity on the nose with aromas of wild raspberry in alcohol that are light and fragrant, followed by a bit of a jammy wild berry note. Opening with good acids and ripe tannins this displays lovely, burnished fruits on the palate in a super classic flavor profile. With a good hit of tannin on the finish this seems rather short and front loaded but at the same time quite complete. Should be better in a year. 88pts
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  • 208625xotravel I would add to your list 2010 Sobrero Langhe Nebbiolo. Graceful blend of earth, minerals, tea, cherry fruit & hint of pepper. Could pass as poor man's Barolo. The 2005 is even better.

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