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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  • Ascheri Nebbiolo d'Alba Bricco S. Giacomo 2006

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    fresh dark berries and cherries on the nose, light bodied, balanced tannins. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Antoniolo Gattinara 2000

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    Decanted for 30 minutes, but remained simple on the nose and palette. At $38 it was a huge disappointment, I wish it was corked so I could take it back. Read More

    Wine review by VinnyConrad


  • Azienda Bricco Asili 2004

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    Herbal and slightly medicinal with sweet wood spice notes accenting the slightly jammy cherry fruits of the nose. Very elegant in the mouth with nicely balanced structure and fine, ripe burnished cherry notes that gain notes of wood spice and earth through the mid-palate. There is good length here and the tannins are very well managed. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Asili 2004

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    Sweet, smoky wood on the nose with some nice, gentle herbal undertones accenting the ripe fruit tones. Soft in the mouth, elegantly styled but lacking much depth or follow through and ultimately fairly soft and fairly ready. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2005

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    Tight with underlying mineral, licorice and medicinal tones lying under nice ripe fruit that gains a bit too much sweetness from the butterscotchy oak notes. A bit simple in the mouth with fruit that is a bit chunky and again oak sweetened if fresh and rich. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2005

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    There is a nice note of stemmy freshness on the nose here that helps to balance the oaky and earthy notes. A bit chewy in the mouth with nice balance and impressively fresh flavors of wild cherry, herbs, earth and a touch of talc though the finish does turn a bit buttery and oaky. This is still a nicely framed Barbaresco. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Zonchera Ceretto 2004

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    Very ripe on the nose with oak tones accenting the sweet, pruny and strawberry jam fruits. Its a bit soft in the mouth though well balanced with lots of mineral notes buttressing the light strawberry fruits. Good length to the finish though the wood tannin is a bit too persistent. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbaresco Asij DOCG 2006

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    Nice, high-toned aromatics with a lean feel to the floral, rosehip and slightly oaky tones that accent the core of red fruits. In the mouth this has a very well presented inner core of sweet, ripe fruits that are clear and transparent with soft tannins and nice acids giving the fruits a bit of a cranberry tone. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Bricco Asili Barbaresco 1998

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    Nicely aromatic with integrated oak tones, mint and leather in a slightly high toned package. Spicy fruit on the palate with strawberry and strawberry seed tones accented by a nuance of tar. Smooth and balanced with good depth if a bit simple. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili Bernadotte 1998

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    Dried and macerated flowers for a fine top note over a shallow, rather flinty core of dried fruit tones. Simple and round in the mouth with some woody sweetness accenting the dried fruit tones with drying tannins on the finish. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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