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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  • Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2004

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    Initially deep and dark with baked earth notes and a touch of skunk to the nettles and cactus notes on the nose, this gained a bit of spice and light notes of macerated flowers with air but remained reticent. In the mouth this started off with a sweet entry balanced by a nearly bitter tones that emulated the tension of bittersweet chocolate that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marcarini Barolo la Serra 2004

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    Opening with a classic, slightly seaweedy and camphor tinge that served to support subtle, earthy fruit tones, this just built on the theme with air adding high toned seashell notes and nori to the sweet fruity tones on the nose. A soft sweet entry is followed by a whisper of very fine tannins and lean yet transparent yellow cherry fruit with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero 2004

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    Olives and spicy green middle eastern tones immediately greated the nose with this wine and were joined by notes of hung game, moist tobacco and sweet, candied root, angelica root tones after several hours of air. This was initially quite bitter and beef bloody with lots of candied raspberry fruit tones that gradually added some vegetal, cucumb... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franco Conterno Barolo Bussia Munie 2004

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    This opened slowly with a touch of torrefaction on the nose over a bed of ... ... ... complete expression of Nebbiolo. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vietti Barolo Rocche 5000 2004

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    This was very aromatic apon opening with notes of camphor, chalk and earthy, medicinal herbs framing the red fruit. The entry was smooth, suave and sexy with sweet wild cherry and herb flavors only slightly marred by a hint of wood tannin that grew on the finish. This was mouth filling with excellent balance and finesse and wonderful clarity to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo DOCG 2004

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    This smelled big and muscular right out of the bottle and that translated into a rich and smooth mouthfeel packed with fine-grained tannins and fleshy fruit though there was a sense that there was more extraction of matter than flavor here as the red currant fruit was a touch diffuse and short on the finish. With air this gained excellent focus ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto Barolo 2004

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    At first this offered up some simple light cherry in alcohol and sweet earth tones but air caused this to gain a touch of a raw/terpene note. In the mouth this was delicate yet drying with a decidedly savory and spicy character that was a bit chewy and tough with a long, mineral tinged finish. Air did not move this much though it did gain quite ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Attilio Ghisolfi Nebbiolo Barolo Bricco Visette 2004

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    Apon opening this had a nice array of tarry, herbal and clay tones that recalled calamine lotion with a touch of lurking roasted strawberry. In the mouth it offered up ripe tannins and balanced acidity with relatively simple cherry fruit tones and a touch of earthy spiciness on the follow through. With air this gained a touch of gamy leatherines... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rizzi Barbaresco Pajorè Suran 2004

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    With a light nose that showed sandy soil tones and dried grass notes this was delicately aromatic right out of the bottle. Airing brought out some sharp, spicy soil tones and a fine white mushroom/woodsy edge to the bouquet. In the mouth this was zesty and bright with succulent strawberry fruit and delicious, clean yet uncomplicated fruit and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • As many of you know I am very enthusiastic about the latest Barolo releases. ... ... complete expression of Nebbiolo. 92ptsMarty found this to be plummy as did Jim while Justin found cherry pit, barnyard and dirty winemaking.Flight 3Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero -  Olives and spicy green middle eastern tones immediately greated the nose with t... Read More

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