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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Barolo 2004, do bargains...


  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by vinodimilos


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2005

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    Dark cherry and allspice, very aromatic, medium-bodied; needs time in bottle to round out mouth-puckering tannins. Promises seductive complexity. Read More

    Wine review by lushlifeSF


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Nose is a little bit of a mystery to me. Maybe some gas (by Mike's suggestion), or some small unripened fruit. Like a green blueberry. Good tannins, although my mouth tastes like ass after 2 minutes of not drinking. Wonderful flavor though. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Lush bouquet of tar and gasoline that gives way to figgy fruit. Lean mean flavor with huge tannins and a long complex finish. Really like this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • El Jimador Tequila Blanco 2006

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    Wine review by agavemark


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