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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  • Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most ... ... opportunities to taste Nebbiolo from Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Muncagota, Ovello, Rabaja and Rio Sordo. The Riservas were produced in 2009, but Produttori del Barbaresco opted not to make them in 2010. It was determined that 2010 did not have enough consisten... Read More

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  • 2013 Andrea Oberto Langhe Nebbiolo. Infanticide that left me with guilt, regret and a dry tannic pucker laying like a cement slab over the herbed and mineral cherry fruit. My first time with this label. He's supposed to be a modernist, but maybe not so much so.After about six hours opened enough to make me think it does show true promise, and I'... Read More

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  • Well it's Nebbiolo so not exactly. Noticed the offer as well, and thought it slight hyperbole to call a Nebbiolo in bottle for a few years "optimal bottle age" Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine to soften it up, and there is certainl... Read More

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  • Yes, you sure know how to hit the low hanging fruit! I suppose we could do ... most are not mono varietal nebbiolo.Also finding Nebbiolo changes drastically even over a few Km's. Fox, hope you have a back up plan!&nbs Read More

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  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... is still Piemonte and still nebbiolo--even if it's called Spanna or something else. Gattinara/Ghemme/Carema/Lesona (all except the last I've posted on here) are just higher-altitude versions of the wine being made in Barolo and Barbaresco, and in several cases ar... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those ... ... or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice apertif, and/or ... Read More

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2011


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    Wine review by invinoveritas78

  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no one is doing that.  (Okay, not true:  Had one okay nebbiolo from there Read More

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  • Only can find them in fits and spurts in Tokyo. Even the Langhe Nebbiolo, and whenever I see it I grab a case or two. Ditto for the plain vanilla Barbaresco, which is a real step up--from an entry-level wine that is my idea of the ideal daily quaffer that can also even work on special occasions. So I, too, am a big fan.Posted back on Dec. 6 in O... Read More

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