Nebbiolo

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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  • Poderi Rocche Manzoni Valentino Barolo Riserva 1989

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    While there is plenty of cocoa scented oak on the nose this still smells fantastic with a sweet, perfumed, complex bouquet of licorice, balsamic tones, waxy lipstick and sweet cooked cherries. On the palate the wood tannin are obtrusive, big and bitter with a sweet, woody, chocolaty element buffering them but not leaving much room for the fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1989

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    Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.Low key on the nose with notes of raspberry coulis, tobacco, dried rose and roasted strawberry. This is gentle and feminine smelling with very subtle spicy earth tones. In the mouth this is quite velvety with a seamless quality to the slightly astringent red plum fruit. There is... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo 1989

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    This had as complete and complex a nose as we were going to see this evening. Redolent of dried spices, fresh rose petal, raspberry, black pepper and medicinal herbs in a nuanced, balance package. On the palate the tannins started out with a chewy edge but quickly revealed their ripeness as they melded into the sour raspberry and sour cherry cor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Marengo 2008

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    Wow was this ever rustic on the nose. Just packed with damp cellar scents, wet concrete, dried spices, wet animal tones, dirt, dried herbs, leather, limestone and espresso. On the palate this was brothy with a loose texture and supple tannins. The sour berry fruit tones were well balanced by classic notes of dried earth and herbs. This really di... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marengo Marenda Barolo Cerequio 1989

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    This had aromas that just exploded from the glass with notes of veal, sour cherries, moist earth, minerals, sweet root vegetable tones and background notes of angelica root and sweet herbs. On the palate this had lovely structure, super-fine tannins paired with zesty yet integrated acidity that supported a rich core of sweet wild cherry fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Armando Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1989

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    Warm and plummy on the nose with a touch of toasty and actually quite smoky wood adding a nice accent to the jammy fruit that gains a nice strawberry tone. There are nuanced notes of fennel fronds, roasted meat, menthol cigarettes and a growing note of perfumy wood. On entry there is a touch of woody sweetness followed by lots of tannin leaving ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco 1989

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    Perhaps the surprise of the evening with a simply knockout array of aromatics. Classic notes of prosciutto fat, old Middle Eastern spice tones, smoke, leather, mint and minerals are all enmeshed in a precise core of crystallized red raspberry fruit. In the mouth this was fine but lacked the punch promised by the nose though there was plenty of r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti 2007

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    Bright cherries on the nose. Very smooth and light, predominantly cherries and red fruit with a hint of red licorice & herbs. Soft tannins and a bright finish. Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello


  • Marcarini Barolo la Serra 1998

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    Sadly wasn't too impressed by this, it's good but was expecting more especially as its not a cheap bottle. Pours a thin tawny Indian red, you can taste the heat in this one with warm cheery and redcurrant with cooked herbs. Its pretty fresh, the tannins are low but overall I was hoping for more. I've had a lot better wines than this one and the ... Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Cabutto Barolo 2001

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    Wine review by unclesahm


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