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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  • Monti Barolo Bussia 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - dark, dirty, earthy, charry, spiced, antiseptic, a bit lean in the mouth, nice quality to the tannins up front, good acids, nice feel,, decent earthy flavors, drying, inelegant but with some character, tough and drying, some nice length too, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacosa Fratelli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a big woodsy nose, confiture of bitter cherry, intense if monolithic, but very clean and fresh, a nice menthol top note, pretty sweet entry then a bit thin, shiny and hard though the sour cherry and herbal/citrus toned fruit is pleasant, a bit thin but nice 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marziano Abbona Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet herbs, sweet spearmint, high toned and pitched nose, with a touch of bacon dilute palate, a bit of chewiness here, some nice raspberry tones with a touch of earth, and spice on the backend relatively long and fresh finish 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a little sweeter, a little jammy, smoky herbal, a touch of coffee, a touch of bitter roots, a bit of fizzy acids on the tongue, not much detail, bitterness, perhaps a bit too extracted, tannins are bitter, nice fruit in there but not particularly fresh or elegant, a bit of coffee in the mouth as well, dark fruited finish is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Adelaide Barolo Preda 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - meaty, roast herb, roast meat, roast green vegetable, shallow and slightly swampy, nice feel, decent depth, ok dark cherry fruit, nice freshness but again not much depth though this has a bit of engaging elegance, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Stroppiana Barolo Gabutti Bussia 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lots of cigar box with some fudginess, tobacco, herb, chalk and spice, a nice core of sweet fruit is small scaled and a little out of balance with the structure, decent with some background oily herb notes to the dark fruit, but not particularly interesting, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice, sweet briar wood, menthol, rosehips, grass, small flower notes, chamomile, touch of wild strawberry, fresh, a bit dull and lifeless, but with an nice hard candy note this gains a little focus on the backend with its simple ludens cough drop note, nothing special but not bad, sweet fruit on the finish is more smith broth... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Roccheviberti Rocche di Castiglione 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit coffee toned but with nice, herb, sand and white ... ... ... simple, easy with nice Nebbiolo fruit, 86- Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Ascheri Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smoky, sour wood, sour meats, floral toned, sandalwood, lightly spiced, fresh in the mouth, a bit of sweetness up front, a touch stern and ungiving, nice sour cherry, nice length, could improve 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet dried wood tones on the nose, leathery, nice precise fruit, dark fruit, cool in the mouth, good focus, spicy, menthol, floral tones, tight coiled and with good length 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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