Name of varietal: Nebbiolo

Common synonyms: Spanna, Picutener and Chiavennasca.
Parentage of the grape: Debatable whether it is indigenous to Piedmont or first plantings in Valtellina in Lombardy, Italy. 
History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for the Piedmontese autumn weather or the frosty appearance of the mature grapes). One is that it is indigenous to Piedmont, Italy. The other is that it was first planted in Valtellina, a valley within the Lombardy region, where it was then brought to Piedmont. There is some suggestion that in the 1st century, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder gave high regard to a wine made in what is now the Barolo region, attributing to it similar characteristics associated with Nebbiolo. In the 13th century, there is reference to a wine called “nebili” from a grape that was growing near Rivoli outside of Turin. More concrete written history Read more »

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  • Hello folks,  I have some wines I would like to sell privately. I was ... ... Einaudi Barolo Cannubi Nebbiolo2004 1Clarendon Hills Brookmansyrah2005 1Hanzellpinot noir2007 1Rochiolipinot noir2006 1Tenuta Sette Ponti Orenoother2009red blnd1Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz  Cabernet/Shiraz2002 7Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier lieu dit Malakoff... Read More

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  • 1 x 2013 Togni Cabernet Magnum (Impulse buy)1 x 2013 Tempier La Tourtine1 x ... content to play backup to Nebbiolo or Barbera. All of the best sites in the area are planted to Dolcetto, producing wines that are deep, concentrated and complex. Abbona uses micro-oxygenation, oak and picking for phenolic ripeness to keep Dolcetto's aggressive tan... Read More

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  • As far as 'table wine' goes (and this was so priced), the 2010 ... ... hearty fare, and all those nebbiolo flavors took it well beyond merely feel-good. Perhaps not a wine for the ages, but more than fine for the purpose and performing at a very high percentile for its price (right around $20, depending on what the exchange rate is today--migh... Read More

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  • In Piemonte, esp Barolo DOCG, nebbiolo is "only" grown on south facing sites because it is a late ripener and needs the longest growing season.  The rule of thumb is that it's planted in the spots where the snow melts first. so, since we're in the Northern Hemisphere, that means south facing.  As the market for Barolo has taken off, plantings ha... Read More

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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... the ... ... the vast majority is nebbiolo for Barolo.  When we tasted the Barolo wines, the first aroma out of the bottle was "poopy."  It wasn't brett IMO, and it blew off.  Once you got past that, the wines tended to be rounder and less hard than many others, I assume fro... Read More

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  • It would have been nice to have a few more folks, since we like to get together ... careless winemaking.  Nebbiolo will always have high acid and tannin, and it won't be for everyone, but if you like those kinds of things, along with incredible aromas, well, I like that kind of wine while it is still tasting of fruit, and the idea that the wine... Read More

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most ... ... opportunities to taste Nebbiolo from Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Muncagota, Ovello, Rabaja and Rio Sordo. The Riservas were produced in 2009, but Produttori del Barbaresco opted not to make them in 2010. It was determined that 2010 did not have enough consisten... Read More

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  • 2013 Andrea Oberto Langhe Nebbiolo. Infanticide that left me with guilt, regret and a dry tannic pucker laying like a cement slab over the herbed and mineral cherry fruit. My first time with this label. He's supposed to be a modernist, but maybe not so much so.After about six hours opened enough to make me think it does show true promise, and I'... Read More

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  • Well it's Nebbiolo so not exactly. Noticed the offer as well, and thought it slight hyperbole to call a Nebbiolo in bottle for a few years "optimal bottle age" Read More

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  • Bruno Giacosa, barbaresco 2001 A light ruby red color with a slightly orange rim. Initially, bright cherry fruit on the nose with rose petal and a woodsy mushroom undertone. Very pure nose that sang Barbaresco and with time the nose darkened and allowed the trademark of tar to rise from this wine’s bouquet. On the palette, medium bodied with ...

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  • That's sounds amazing, Greg. I've had Mascerallo's Barbera and I keep on meaning to try the Barolo but have yet to have the chance. Looks like It's time to start seeking some out.

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