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 Read more »

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  • D,I had to ponder this a bit because there aren't many Washington vineyard growing Nebbiolo.  So, the corollary is that not many Washington wineries are making Nebbiolo!  The ones that do tend to use too much oak and it masks the finer qualities of the grape that came out in the excellent 1998 Barolo that I received from my Secret Santa.I did ta... Read More

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  • Nice post 1689608...I'd generally agree with your time line. Just a single ... have proven to go decades. Nebbiolo especially, many decades. Conventional wisdom says to lay the wines down...I usually try to do that for long term aging.&nbs Read More

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  • L A Cetto makes some very nice wine, including a really good nebbiolo.  Makes no sense that it would be so good, because the environment seems totally wrong for it.  I should probably revisit it and see if I still like it.We were drinking Paco & Lucia garnacha/tempranillo last night.  We ate Moroccon stew with cous cous, so it hit the spot prett... Read More

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  • Barolo DOCG 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini

  • Giribaldi Barolo 2009


    Definitely got a licorice taste which I'm just personally not a fan of Read More

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini

  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as ... anything like say, Merlot or Nebbiolo.Brun is a producer you might look at, as well as Chermette. But they make several different wines in the various crus and they're variable - both the bottling and the vintage matter.As far as other grape varieties that are si... Read More

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  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

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  • Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2009


    Not bad but not great Barolo. Somewhat light in color and flavor. There's a bit of cranberry on the nose with some cranberry, red and black cherry on the palate. The acidity is a bit muted and the finish a tad short. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • If you've not personally tried them, where are you getting your information ... preference. Even in Italy, Nebbiolo is accorded a higher status and if you look at the prices of various wines, it's rare that Sangiovese approaches the cost of a Nebbiolo-based wine.As far as Pinot Noir goes, it is so challenging to grow perhaps if you're comparing... Read More

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  • I recently launched a project on Kickstarter called the Wine Diagram. I have about a month left, so I wanted to reach out to the wine community for feedback. The premise of the project is to document the major wine varieties and highlight the specific regions and brands that produce the best of each variety. There are nearly 150 types of wine th... 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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