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 Read more »

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    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

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    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

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    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

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    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

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  • Guido Porro Barolo Lazzairasco 2010

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    Rosehips, rooibos tea, and smoky tobacco come together on the earthy, tarry nose. Showing jammy black currant on entry, this is tight and powerful on the palate with more jammy black currant and lingonberry fruit, and a spiciness that hints at black pepper. Tight, short and a bit blocky in the mouth with huge tannins, mineral and medicinal tann... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2010

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    Delayed harvest a few days to get maximum ripeness , and it was already a late vintage, later than 2008 Smoky with a hint of cocoa on the nose followed by very mineral and herbal aromas, a tight floral note and lots of lingering camphor. Fine grained tannins lend this an austere, lean quality on entry, then this turns faceted in the mouth with g... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate 2010

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    A bit of wood on the nose followed by aromas of clay, silica, spice, lingonberry, and deep camphor and dried herbal note emerge from the glass. Powerful with dark, rich fruit on entry, this has rather soft tannins and bright acids supporting plummy, heavy, earthy flavors that are a bit chunky in the mouth. Dense with tannins, this is quite power... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Nei Cannubi 2010

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    Classic on the nose with a bit of sweet cassia bark, carob, wild cherry in alcohol, bit of wood spice, and lots of camphor on the deep nose. Pretty powerful on entry, this shows lovely clarity and depth on the palate, rich with sour fruits, ripe tannins but lots of them, and emerging inner mouth aromatic complexity. The palate shows shades of he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2010

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    Tight and deep on the nose which is both very floral and very raw, bright with camphor and a hint of wood spice along with roses and red beryl fruit. Very cool and finely textured in the mouth, really a gorgeous texture so bright and fresh and light on the palate with slow to emerge red plum, wild cherry and spice flavors. The tannins start buil... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2010

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    Stemmy, smoky, and dotted with tobacco, baking chocolate, and little coffee notes over a base of beef blood and astringent red fruit, and dried citrus peels. Almost a bit soft on entry, then turning broad and juicy with lots of ripe tannins supporting nice red raspberry and cherry fruit. This is a bit chunky in the mouth with earthy, complex an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta 2010

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    A bit smoky on the nose and with a hint of vanilla and lots of plums and red fruit over nuanced prosciutto, blueberry, lingonberry, and herbal background notes. After the rather spicy nose this shows lots of powerful, rich earthy, cherry fruit on the palate. the tannins are quite obvious, vying with the sweet fruit for ones attention on the pala... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2010

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    Powerful on the nose which shows a little prune, classic cherries in alcohol with a sweetness to the fruit and gorgeous framing notes of sandalwood, damp tobacco, sweet rose petals and fine mineral background notes. Powerful and packed with ripe tannins, this exhibits incredible cut on the palate, packed with laser edged tannins, so elegant and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Villero 2010

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    Big aromas hint at chocolate and red licorice over wild berry, almost boysenberry fruit, and coal, on the nose with hints of rosehips and flowers emerging with air. A gorgeous wine, almost supple, though packed with earthy, rosepetals, rhubarb,small wild strawberry fruit and red cherry fruit. Broad and full in the mouth though with excellent foc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Rocche 2010

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    Seeds, smoke, and huge soil notes come together on the tight, refined nose which gains aromas of tobacco, leather, nettles, herbs, and slow to emerge small berry plum fruits and rocky minerality on the nose. Opening with big spice notes on the palate, this shows such purity and superb balance in the mouth. Its all about the balance today and th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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