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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  • Eredi Virginia Ferrero San Rocco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - stinky, cidery, smells like ass, lots of dried pork character, off and just plain weird, flat and bad, 70 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet candied root beer, cloying nose, rather light on the palate though, much better than one would expect from the nose, but theres not much flavor interest here and a rather watery finish, extracted tea quality, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Cucco Barolo Cerrati Vigna Cucco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very sweet aromatic wood nose, flat in the mouth, neutral in the mouth, nice structure not much flavor 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Costa di Bussia Barolo Campo Dei Buoi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - bretty, like big time, cool, crisp and fresh with front loaded sweet fruit then bretty mp, burnished drying, 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - coffee candy, wood, cigar box, spicy cinnamon, tobacco candy, flat, flabby, hollow, totally uninteresting save a nice floral note on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Big'D Big 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - candied, some dried lime zest perhaps lurking, has potential but not showing much today, big, low tannin, soft, broad but shallow, then a bit drying on the finish, I dont know what to make of this, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Virna Barolo Preda Sarmassa Riserva 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - quinine, horseradish, mint, dry compost heap, tomato paste, very lean, nicely spiced, not any fruit, tannic, dry, some cola, , menthol and tannins on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aurelio Settimo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - hot, over-ripe jammy, indistinct, very menthol, fluid, shallow, over-ripe, nasty 70-72 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianni Voerzio Barolo la Serra 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - oaky and black raspberry preserves a little lactic, dried pear fruit, thick up front then oaky and stripped, heavy but not sweet, dead in the mouth, bitter wood and cigar butt notes, a bit of whiskey on the finish, drying detailess 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Barolo Marcenasco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - passionfruit, lemon, wood, lemon pledge, stewy, cedar, a touch of mothball, nothing going on in the mouth, loose, some dark berry fruit, heavy tannins, kind of extracted, really tannic finish, not enough flesh, 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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