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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  • What is terroir. Well it is certainly a point of contention.Loosely stated it ... ... that also come form the Nebbiolo grape. That to me is Terroir.So what is up with that? Well a glass of wine has hundreds or organic compounds in it, we can identify only a handful, though each person has his or her own unique  thresholds of perception so don... Read More

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  • While this is a follow up post to my 2005 Barolo tasting notes, which can be ... small scaled wine, very nice Nebbiolo, lean drying finish 84-85 Castello di Neive Santo Stefano (Neive) - noticeable toasty wood, some nice macerated fruits and flowers underneath but mostly noticeable wood, cool and crisp with good focus in the mouth but overall... Read More

    From the article Alba Wine Exhibition 2006 Barbaresco tasting notes

  • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2006


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    Wine review by billms

  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004


    Good wine, not a typical Nebbiolo though and the colour and fruit profile count against this 'Barolo' rating. Read More

    Wine review by Ben Robson

  • Enzo Boglietti Nebbiolo Langhe 1993


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    Wine review by Henric

  • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 2003


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    Wine review by bassetjj

  • Malvira Langhe 2004


    The color is darker than a ruby, clear and sparkles in the light. The nose is pleasant and medium bodied. The fruit is just present enough to be noticed, but the barrel is the prominent player. The initial taste is full of flavor and light bodied for a wine of thie color and class. It is full of leather, plum, and oak. The tannins are low a... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1996


    Wood, chocolate, and menthol on nose. Medicinal, acidic, and gamey in mouth. Good long tannins. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Barolo Roc Cast Oddero 1996


    Definitely a unique wine. I was a bit distracted, so didn't give this wine the attention it deserved. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Barolo Roc Cast Oddero 1996


    Iodine and blood! A unique wine - apparently this flavor is typical of that sub-region due to the iron (blood) and fossils (iodine) in the soil acids. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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