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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  • Ca' del Baio Valgrande Barbaresco DOCG 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely nose this has it all, spicy, full of ripe fruit, savory tones, soil, limestone oyster shells, full, rich and round with a very ripe tannins this is soft and full yet has acidic verve, lovely bitter cherry fruit, a slight astringency plays with the sweetness of the fruit, tastes of mineral and earth, finish is clean and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Battaglio Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - cherries in alcohol, slight green herb, reticent but showing some hints of very nice potential, really nice presence in the mouth, bright and vibrant with great acidity and fresh fruit that is taut and tight yet has lovely balance and freshness, turn slightly drying on the backend and lacks the complexity of the best but his ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • La Contea Barbaresco Ripa Sorita 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely floral notes greet the nose, this has really nice incense notes on the nose, fresh and downright pretty with building notes of licorice and medicinal spice, fresh and precise in the mouth with fairly deep and very fresh red berry fruit, a touch of peach and lovely soil tones keep this engaging though it lacks the dept... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fratelli Giacosa Barbaresco Basarin 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - a fair amount of oaky spices but backed up by some very nice fruit, really beautiful pool of raspberry coulis smoke and tobacco that subsumes the oaken spice, adds a balsamic tone and really just perfectly balances the oak if you dont mind oak, a touch lose at first then finding excellent focus with nicely forestall balsamic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ugo Lequio Barbaresco Gallina 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - nice nose, toasty spiced, more French oak than fruit with tons of cinnamon spice but lots of fruit as well, enchanting nose with subtle layers of fruit and spicy, a nice sweet entry before finding focus though this is a very well fruited wine, rich almost chewy fruit has a really nice profile with ripe herbs and strong strawb... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbaresco San Christoforo Italien Pietro Rinaldi 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - bit sharp and aggressively balsamic, forest floor, Christmas spice, a touch of chocolate mint, obviously terpene woody, spicy, a bit of smoked, sweet ham slightly sweet entry, then very focused with a nice lean yet well fleshed feel, no fat but nice inner mouth tension, tannins are fine if drying, lots of crisp wild berry f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2010

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    AWE blind tasting - so clean, smells like sand and old bones with some freshly picked raspberries and a touch of roasted bouquet garni, cool, crisp and focused with essence of strawberry right up front then followed by earth tones and a crisp hint of violet, very bright with well managed tannins, theres a hint of eggshell and a touch of licorice... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Angelo Negro Barbaresco Basarin 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - wooly, green, herbal, crisp lovely fruit then a touch too much diesel sulfur, the underlying fruit smells really crisp tense and fresh with tarry, oily herbal notes, big and powerful with sweet ripe tannins, lots of depth, very young but packed with potential, a touch monolithic and dark but with nice harmony in the mouth and... Read More

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  • Barbaresco "Sori Paolin" Luisin Cascina Luisin Italien Piemont 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - pretty and citrusy with kafir lime leaf, amarena cherry, very focused, very lean and very pure, a bit softer in the mouth than expected from the nose, nice tannins are really crisp and the acidity is very well integrated, this is a more subtle wine with layered and nuanced fruit, lots of detail on the mp with a lovely bitter ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - this is great on the nose with deep oily herbs, drying grass, fine precise forest floor, mushroom, and small berry fruit ones - polished, glossy yet so fresh with mushrooms right up front, fresh cut white, a touch of bitter roots, very refreshing, very pure with a fairly elegant if slightly rustic feel, very nice and pure if... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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