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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  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


  • Cantine Terrenostre Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting -a touch funky but friendly with a bit of wet dog, soft subtle fruit, transparent, lovely oystershell tones and ranier cherry fruit, with a real nuance of blood orange, precise, classic feel, medium bodied, transparent on the palate as well with subtle strawberry and blood orange fruit, a bit simple but very attractively styled... Read More

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  • La Ganghija Barbaresco 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - sauvage, spicy, earthy, pinecones, dried flowers, deep and intense with leather, dried berry, savory tones, full and nicely rich with good flesh backing the ripe tannins, the fruit is a touch dark and towards the earthy end of the spectrum with a lovely vein of bitter cherry fruit that carries through to the long finish which... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2006

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    AWE blind tasting - porcini, truffly, a bit woody, unusual but interesting, with an animale fur note to the spicy rosehip, a nice nuttiness too, hazelnut with a touch of nougat, smoke, this has a really attractive entry with ripe, clean, precise fruit, the mp gains a bit of layered depth, very nicely done with elegance and style, bitter cherry, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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