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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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bad Bobby Wine


  • Adelaide Barolo 2004

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    Quite raw and oaky on the nose but rich and big in the mouth with notes of milk chocolate framing the deep, slightly plummy fruit. The finish gains some spicy tones and reveals a more bitter chocolate edge with notes of apricot and spice on the final. Very nice wine, a bit unusual but balanced and certainly well made. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giorgio Scarzello E Figli Barolo Vigna Merenda 2004

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    A classic aromatic array of cherries in alcohol, earth, leather and dried grass is followed by a wine that seems a bit fluid in the mouth with soft tannins and solid acidity making for a very approachable wine with lovely purity to the cherry fruit but lacking a bit of definition. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo 2004

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    A bit dusty on the nose with lots of root vegetable tones but otherwise very tight. In the mouth there is lovely freshness and balance with loads of old wood tones offering a touch of cinnamon spiciness. While still very closed this is energetic and long. I expect this to absolutely blossom with age. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi Figli & Barolo la Brunata 2004

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    a fairly intense yet somewhat simple nose of sweet fruit and orange oil is followed by a very round entry with classic proportions. This is unusually polished for this producer yet has excellent balance and classic leather, cherry and spice tones. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2004

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    This is classic Bartolo with bones, spice,herbs a nuance of cinnamon and lovely sweetness all framing perfectly presented gentle red fruits. In the mouth this is ridiculously rich with fresh wild cherry fruit that is incredibly vibrant with uncommon purity. Obvious this is still an infant but the balance and depth are fantastic. One of Bartolos ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2004

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    Smokey yet high toned and perfumed with layered notes of cherry pits, dried flowers and spice tones. Bright and fresh in the mouth with lively acids in a somewhat easy style yet with wonderfully pure and fresh fruit. Really lovely integration here and the wood is offering only a spice note with tannins that are extremely well managed. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2004

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    A bit reticent on the nose and showing some new wood but still lean and attractively focused. In the mouth this is very polished and tight with nice fruit but the tannins really clamp down cutting the finish short and leaving you with a bit of wood spice finale. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I've seen Ghisolfi's Baroli around for the last several years but had never ... at first, then more classic nebbiolo notes of rose hips with black and red licorice. In the mouth, the ripe black cherries carried over, along with intense licorice of both shades. Definitely riper than your average Barolo, but not at all jammy, and with the struct... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tell me about Ghisolfi - plus...


  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo DOC Cru Brunate 1999

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    Very brothy on the nose and showing significantly older than one would expect. The nose gives up old bones and faded middle eastern spice but the palate retains rich and smooth fruit that has a touch of oxidized sweetness to it. I enjoyed this but am concerned by it's evident evolution. Time to pull one from the cellar for another look see but b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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