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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  • Barbaresco

      Barbaresco is one of the noble wines of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. It has a history dat...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Langhe Doc

      Langhe, which is the plural for the Italian word for “hills” (langa), is a subregion of Pi...

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  • Orlando Abrigo

    The village of Barolo lies in the centre of the Langhe, the most prestigious wine-growing area in...

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    The roots of four generations of the Rivetti family run deep into the hills which overlook Neive ...

  • Castello di Neive

    Castello di Neive comprises a 150 acres (60 hectares) estate, all in the Neive town council, in t...

  • Bruno Giacosa

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Nebbiolo on Snooth

  • Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d'La Roul Riserva 1989


    Violets on the nose - no longer as powerful as it probably once would have been. However, all changes on the palate. Still retains a lot of power, well balanced, good acidity. Finish of leather, spice, Christmas cake and marzipan. A surprising amount of tannin on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Riserva 1989


    Soft and spicy on the nose with notes of tarry earth, powerful dried roses and cinnamon toned baking spices over spicy red currant and roasted raspberry fruit that offers a faint suggestion of menthol. Finely balanced in the mouth with an elegant yet traditional feel to the anise, mineral and tobacco tinged red berry fruits. Really wonderfully p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Serve the wine at the right temperatureOne frequently reads that red wines ... ... aromatic reds, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, the Grenache and Syrah based Rhone blends for example while the classic Bordeaux stem is better suited to Cabernet and Bordeaux Varietal based wines, Sangiovese, and Shiraz.While white wines have traditionally been served in ... Read More

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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2003


    No written review

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  • Gaja Nebbiolo Barolo Sperss 1982


    Iodine, thinning Read More

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  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2001


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  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2000


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  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1997


    similar to the Cascina Francia if a shade lighter exoticly spicy on the nose, confiture note, wood smoke, cherry jam, cedary, strawberry, mace, more obviously fruity but also more complex than the CF, a complex curry like spice, more like cardamom and fenugreek with a bit of café latte sweet entry, good acidity, tannins well buffered in the pl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva Base Neck Fill 1982


    apon opening both the darkest wine of the night and the most amber-copper shows dusty old books at first, wild animal fur, a hint of confiture, very spicy cherries in alcohol, a bit of black pepper and prosciutto, a hint of complex spices like Indian or Moroccan, heady stuff, very complex and aromatic, old woddy, some roses peaking out rich a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1967


    1/2005 almost top shoulder fill, very moldy and damp cork yet still very tight in the neck apon opening pale gold tinged with a lovely red core, still vibrant and healthy lovely nose right off the bat, warm and inviting with a dark frutti di bosco pudding quality, nettles in spades suggesting of sage, some fruity gum notes, nice background sp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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