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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  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo 1999

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    Figgy and very spicy on the nose with nuanced tones of white pepper and tobacco. Very sweet up front then the extracted tannins dry out the palate but this has lots of life ahead. An awkward time to be opening these, try again in 2012 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brezza Barolo Cannubi 1999

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    A nose rich in sweet tobacco and maraschino cherry tempered by a touch of quinine leads to a palate with the sweet edges of toasty oak well integrated but still evident and noticeable wood tannin on the finish marring the the sweet cherry fruit. Needs time for the wood to completely integrate. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1999

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    What superb aromatics with a layered, delicate elegant composition of sweet fruit, earth, fading spice and saffron tones. In the mouth this is silky and seamless with lovely depth and purity and plenty of really ripe fruit tannins. This really shows amazing depth on the long, complex finish. Drinking well already but with a brilliant future. 94pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo Bricco Sarmassa 1999

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    A touch of brothiness adds complexity to the jammy wild strawberry fruit and slightly funky earthen notes on the nose. In the mouth this is lovely, round and rich with wonderful tannins and a long, sour cherry laced finish. Almost drinking well already yet this has the depth and balance to age for a long time. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barale F. Lli Barolo Castellero 1999

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    Very deep and fresh on the nose with a rich, powerful core of fresh tilled earth and very aromatic fruit. This is packed in the mouth, perhaps lacking a touch of elegance but more than making up for it with dense, tightly packed fruit rich in tannin. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Angelo Negro Barbaresco Basarin 2005

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    The nose here seems to be marked with older wood tones of sandlewood, black pepper, balsamic tones and a touch of spicy dried meat. In the mouth this is very nice with sweet and sour cherry fruit, lovely balance and really nice purity. the finish is a little short as the tannins clip the final but this is a very nice and refreshing wine. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Saria Barbaresco DOCG 1999

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    Somewhat nutty on the nose with spicy woody tones and grapevine clipping notes in a perfumed and slightly fruit vein. Nice rich fruit up front, a touch simple but pure with nice mineral tones and crisp tannins buffered by slightly bitter wild cherry fruit. May not make old bones but one to drink over the next 10 years. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1999

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    Very sweetly fruited on the nose with lots of pipe tobacco and sweet cherry fruit cut by nuanced mineral and spice tones. The palate is also full of sweet fruit with abundant tannins that are round and polished adding a very fresh feel to this youthful wine. Nicely balanced for future development. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Piazzo Barbaresco 1999

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    Smoky and herbal on the nose with a really engaging note of sharp roasted raspberry and sandy herbal notes. I really enjoy this style of bouquet. In the mouth this is balanced and juicy with ripe fruit backed up by crunchy fruit tannin and a lovely, long finish with bright, fresh fruit tones. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbaresco Bric Balin Moccagatta 1999

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    A bit reduced on the nose though very cedary with notes of tea and tobacco. Bright and fruity on entry then turning a bit dry and austere across the mid-palate with nice fruit but plenty of wood tannin that comes to dominate the finish. Needs time for the tannin to soften but the wine seems nice if a touch simple. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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