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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  • Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili 2003

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    Simple aromatics with spicy and exotic wood notes and bright rhubarb fruits in an expressive, slightly hot style. This is fairly bright and linear in the mouth but the tannins are a bit bitter and prominent through the mid-palate and the finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Asij Barbaresco 2003

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    Very ripe on the nose with dried cherry and balsamic notes accented with hints of oak, butchers wax, mushrooms and herbs. The alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Round in the mouth with relatively coarse tannins that are a touch drying with soft acids and slightly evolved, dried fruit flavors. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo Bricco Rocche 2004

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    Reticent on the nose with slow to emerge notes of earth, sweet anise, sweet pharmaceutical notes and some burnt orange peel. In the mouth this is round with soft tannins well buffered by a nice core of ripe fruit. There is nice weight here and good balance but it's not revealing much detail and finishes fairly quickly. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Prapo' Bricco Rocche Ceretto 2004

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    The aromatics here are lean and sleek with nuanced floral and tar notes accented by a touch of raw oakiness though the sappy rosehip and rhubarb notes of fruit do add tot he mix. This has a lovely inner core of sweetness to the fruit but it is a bit lactic and vanilla toned. Quite polished and well balanced with excellent acidity and ripe tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Rocche Ceretto Barolo Brunate 2004

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    Nice richness on the nose with notes of old wood, a hint of vanilla, balsamic, rosin notes and a nuance of roast veal. In the mouth this is rich with soft tannins though quite tight. there is fine balance with good freshness to the fruit in a fairly ripe style. This should be accessible soon. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sandro Fay Sforzato 2005

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    Wine review by jeindc


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  • Ricossa Barolo 2003

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    Did not find it to my taste at all. It had a very thin taste and had no weight behind it like a good Barolo should have. Read More

    Wine review by DaddyBear


  • Ricossa Barolo 2003

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    Did not find it to my taste at all. It had a very thin taste and had no weight behind it like a good Barolo should have. Read More

    Wine review by DaddyBear


  • Some Young Punks Nebbiolo Blend Clare Valley Quickie! 2006

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    Wine review by kwasnock


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