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 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


  • Azienda Bricco Rocche 1999

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    Leathery on the nose with bookbinders glue, floral tones and notes of funghi and wood spice all adding complexity. Nicely balanced though the tannins remain the focal point here with well-integrated acids keeping the fruit fresh and adding some lift to the mid-palate. This has a somewhat silky feel none-the-less but feels too extracted and chalk... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Rocche 1999

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    Sour red fruits, limestone, rocks, and minty medicinal herbs combine to form a balanced and typical bouquet. Cool and crisp in the mouth with a focused feel and a vein of bitter herbs that carries through the midpalate gives this good detail and nice tension in the mouth. The fruit is ripe and rich with nice supporting structural elements. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Asili 1999

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    Evolved on the nose with tar and ash notes adding complexity to the slightly jammy fruit. Theres a nice dusty top note that recalls mint and turmeric. Nice weight in the mouth with good freshness and lovely tarry, dark, earthy cherry fruit. This is fairly tannic and requires a fair amount of time in the cellar to come in to balance but it appear... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Bricco Rocche Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche 2001

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    Very evolved on the nose with a big porcini note and notes of bullion and burnt orange peel that float above the apricot and strawberry fruit. An unusual juxtaposition of fresh and aged. Bright and rigid in the mouth with great ripe tannins that support a big core of decidedly earthy and savory fruits. The tannins really come to dominate the fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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