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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  • Rizzi Barbaresco Nervo Fondetta 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - deep, woody, strawberry tops, dirt, strawberry jam, salame, laundry detergent florality, low intensity if fresh in the mouth with shallow flavors but nice texture, lovely finish, burnished sandalwood, bitter cherry, short and simple but whats there is attractive 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Orlando Abrigo Barbaresco Vigna Montersino 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - deep and intense with limestone backed ripe berry fruit, penetrating and lovely, picks up a meaty tones and rosehips, nice depth but a bit simple in the mouth with nice deep, dark berry fruit and a very engaging mineral aspect, a solid showing if in a slightly softer, more approachable style with a touch of menthol and spice ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - root beer, light, dried floral tones, fleshy, simple in the mouth this is light and fresh with an easy character and lovely purity to the fruit, nice ripe tannins, integrated acids solid if uninspiring though this gains a nice tarry edge, short finish shows some tomato leaf 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - very high toned, raspberry, floral, touch of chamomile, baked clay, a little orange zest, low key, nice earthy bitterness up front, soft yet crisp tannins, good acids, subtle easy styled wine, with a powdered sugar toned raspberry core of fruit, a bit rough on the back end with a brief finish but pleasant 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Bric Mentina 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely nose, soft and subtle, cherries in alcohol, mineral tones, rosewater, a touch of old wood, clay, fresh, crisp, berried right up front with a simple freshness, not complex but not trying too hard either, smaller scaled and true to type, enjoyable to drink even now. 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Punset Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - really fine herbal note at first, a touch of bacon and black pepper, lovely bouquet garni nose, cool entry, lovely light medium bodied feel, a bit toward the drying grass end of the spectrum, fine granular tannins, good acids, moderately intense fruit, 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montaribaldi Barbaresco Palazzina 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit jammy, and flat, closed with hints of very ripe fruit clean, crisp, nicely fruited and with good balance but noticeably closed. Probably 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - sandy, wild cherry and flowers macerated in alcohol, a touch candied, medicinal and autumnal, lighter, high acid, very rounded tannins, a nice core of bitter sweet raspberry fruit, not the most complex but well proportioned and with nice earthy/savory depth, a bit short finish but a really attractive flavor profile 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Adriano Basarin Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - rather sweeter aromatic profile though with some animal fur, peppery spice, a touch hot, gentle use of well integrated oak, slightly raspberry jammy, nice clean limestone entry, then a bit loose and matte, nice but a bit dead in the mouth though the black cherry fruit is deep and the acidity refreshing then the tannins clamp ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oddero Barbaresco Gallina 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - rather restrained, slightly meaty, slightly oaky, nice floral tones and some mineral spice lurking, very taut and focused in the mouth, cold use more detail to the flavors but this has harmony with lots of somewhat rounded tannins, good supporting acids, and a nice density on the mp, turns a bit woody and drying on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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