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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  • 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


  • Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy and herbal very nice green herb notes, deep ripe fruit and fresh notes nice dichotomy, a bit hollow, nice flavors but rather low key, ordinary, lots of tannin on the back end and the finish, a bit innocuous, some nice licorice and menthol on the finish 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marziano Abbona Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice aromatic nose with a touch of sweet wood contrasting the menthol, savory crisp fruit, a bit thick and fat, nice richness, flabby though, popular style , restaurant wine, fruity, nice fruit, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo San Giovanni 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smells like wood flooring, sweet, then menthol, nice focus, a bit of an extracted feel, nice slightly medicinal fruit, a bit woody feeling, nice cool fruit, very good ripeness, quite drying but flavorful, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silvano Bolmida Barolo Vigne Dei Fantini 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - big balsamic tones, lots of dried meats, spicy wood tones, really fresh, and exhibiting nice ripeness, nicely fleshy, nicely fresh good refreshing acids, nice ripe tannins, nice herbal and dried earth notes, nothing immediate but subtle and sophisticated with a nice savory finish, 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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