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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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2005

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    Dark cherry and allspice, very aromatic, medium-bodied; needs time in bottle to round out mouth-puckering tannins. Promises seductive complexity. Read More

    Wine review by lushlifeSF


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Nose is a little bit of a mystery to me. Maybe some gas (by Mike's suggestion), or some small unripened fruit. Like a green blueberry. Good tannins, although my mouth tastes like ass after 2 minutes of not drinking. Wonderful flavor though. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Lush bouquet of tar and gasoline that gives way to figgy fruit. Lean mean flavor with huge tannins and a long complex finish. Really like this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • El Jimador Tequila Blanco 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by agavemark


  • Patron Reposado Tequila 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by agavemark


  • El Jimador Tequila Blanco 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by agavemark


  • Perhaps some grape banter to get things started:Grenache asked Cabernet, why do all the other vines always pick on me so? Cabernet responded abruptly, quite simply, you arent a noble grape. Grenache wondered what noble meant. Cabernet wasnt exactly sure, yet always assumed it was noble because it came from Bordeaux, the best region in the world ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What makes a grape noble?...


  • Giancarlo Travaglini Gattinara DOCG 2003

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    Outstanding, berry. Similar in style to excellent Oregon Pinot Noirs. Perfect with red meat. Needs to decant. Read More

    Wine review by tedjs


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2006

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    Great Italian wine. A tad more fruity than earthy, medium to full bodied. Great with baked ziti. Read More

    Wine review by Cheese and Grapes


  • Michele Chiarlo 2005

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    Earthy nose. Old world style. Opened up after about 30 minutes. Medium bodied, smooth, complex finish. Paired well with grilled chicken wrap. Read More

    Wine review by Cheese and Grapes


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