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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  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004


    Very intense nose, like stepping in a meadow with crushed alpine flowers, a touch of crushed chive, grass, cow patty, nettle then liquory fruit that is spicy and complex with a bit of a dried/concentrated note to the wild berry fruit 3+Big in the mouth with a polished smooth feel, packed with perfectly ripe tannins and excellent acids, faceted a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mauro Veglio Barolo 2004


    Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.Dark and deep on the nose with great complexity to the brooding aromatics that feature balsamic and mineral tones to the dark berry fruit. Oak is there but fairly well balanced. Excellent freshness with a menthol topnote 3+Medium full in the mouth with good acidity just a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • For the first 2 weeks of June it'll be Beaujolais time here at Snooth.These are red wines perfectly suited for the transition into Summer.I am curious what you think about Beaujolais and what your favorite wines are so share your secrets with us!I'll add some notes in the coming days.Who's first to post? Read More

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Pora Riserva 1978


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    Wine review by damast

  • Barolo DOCG la Morra 2004


    A bit of smoke, moderated fruitiness. Elegant balance. Perfect to drink now. Served with Roasted Mushroom, new garlic, asparagus, fresh rosemary and shrimp over pasta. Read More

    Wine review by ruymann

  • Came home from work and my wonderful wife was about to prepare veal cutlets. I ... of Giuseppe Rinaldi Langhe Nebbiolo 2006.As it was a last minute decision i decided to decant it. The colour was ruby red. As it came right out of the wine fridge it was a little too cold initially. However, it pretty quickly started to shine. It revealed a wond... Read More

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  • Rivetto Barolo Serralunga 2005


    thin, astringent, hollow ... nice hints of flavor, but no fullness, no gumption. not worth $18, our local price. but it IS the barbaresco grape. guess beggars can't be choosers.miguel Read More

    Wine review by mkiton

  • Piazzo Sori Fratin Barbaresco 2006


    shallow nose, a bit fishy, not much going on, cool and easy, lightly fruited, 83-84 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • L'Illuminata Barolo Tebavio 2005


    AWE blind tasting - lightly smoky a nice sweet raspberry tone, a touch of mint, nice fresh, layered and balanced, a bit loose at first then gains some grip, nice retrained fruit with a bit of sweetness yet firmly in the fresh, crisp end of the spectrum, nice ripe tannins, clean crisp finish, nice balanced fell, smaller wine but a nicely done win... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giacosa Fratelli Barolo Bussia 2005


    a big woodsy nose, confiture of bitter cherry, intense if monolithic, but very clean and fresh, a nice menthol top note, pretty sweet entry then a bit thin, shiny and hard though the sour cherry and herbal/citrus toned fruit is pleasant, a bit thin but nice 85-86 Read More

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