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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  • Barbaresco Bric Balin Moccagatta 1999

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    A bit reduced on the nose though very cedary with notes of tea and tobacco. Bright and fruity on entry then turning a bit dry and austere across the mid-palate with nice fruit but plenty of wood tannin that comes to dominate the finish. Needs time for the tannin to soften but the wine seems nice if a touch simple. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Spinona Barbaresco Bricco Faset 1995

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    A bit dirty on the nose with lots of tree bark and quinine over the dried earth tones. Nice sweet fruit tone are presented in a rather old school, austere package with a drying edge to the tannins and a touch of dirtiness. Still this is very likable and finishes with dried fruits and sandlewood. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Verduno Barolo 1999

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    A bit stinky on the nose, smells like someone farted in my glass. It's sweet and easy in the mouth with a soft, very ripe feel and soft tannins adding a touch of shape. An easy wine 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Delle Rose Barbaresco Rio Sordo 1999

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    Very mineral toned on the nose with lots of dried rose, dried meat and slightly smoky, stemmy tones adding a nice herbal essence. A little sweetly fruity on entry then still youthful and aggressive in the mouth with dark medicinal fruit tones that turns to dried raspberries and leads to a moderately long finish with emerging autumnal character. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Albino Rocca Nebbiolo Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 1999

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    A nose of dried flowers and tobacco is joined by a meaty, cedary, cigar box tone. the tannins here are relatively smooth with just a bit of aggressiveness showing the evolution of the wine. Still fresh with good intensity and length if a touch rustic. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Prunotto Barolo Riserva Bussia di Monforte 1980

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    With an initial buret of tomoatoe leaf that blows to reveal briarwood, cocoa, big fresh herbs, deep floral tones, and a gamy edge to the penetrating and caressing notes of dried strawberry edged in limestone. Elegant and balanced in the mouth with a core of sweet fruit that is very cherried with hints of licorice, green citrus zest and fresh gre... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella 1991

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    This opens with rather classic aged notes of soy, nori and dried fruit that gains a bit of orange rind. With air additional notes of tea, iron, leather, aged meat, and dried strawberry fruit all add to the array. The palate has a strong licorice element and nice, if slightly drying tannins. The MP offers nice lift that leads to a dried berry fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2001

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    Wow, what an ever changing nose full of smoke, minerals, tarry herbs, spicy herbs with notes of turmeric, fenugreek, roses and a hint of sweet onion. In the mouth this is brilliantly ripe yet so precise with knife edge balance that give the tight yet seamless fruit a real sense of finesse. The raspberry fruit gives a racy impression across the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 2004

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    Arugula, sandy and almost saline soil tones with a touch of camphor. In the mouth this is exceptionally vibrant with a spine of acidity that slices through the herbal and rainier cherry fruit that reveals edges of limestone and tarry tobacco. The fruit has brilliant purity and freshness and an elegance that is tough to match in Barolo. A great 2... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2003

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    Roses and prunes in alcohol greet the nose with some minor background tones of spicy herbs, this comes of as a bit simple and low intensity. In the mouth there is a nice fresh acidity and small tannins that give this a round freshness to the raspberry liquor fruit, though there is not much detail. The finish is clear and fresh with gaining tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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