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 Read more »

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    Barolo, a.k.a. “The king of wines, the wine of kings” is perhaps the most prestigious wine prod...

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  • Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogno

    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

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    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

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    The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends ...

  • Azienda Agricola Guido Porro

    The our vineyards are among the most famous for their enviable position in the famous cru Lazzari...

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    Cascina Bompè The history of this magical place is interesting: the Celts who inhabited the ar...

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Nebbiolo on Snooth

  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe Bricco Boschis 1999


    The reticent nose reveals some deep, dark notes of earth, dried flowers and fruit with an almost tropical top note of pomegranate. Very focused in the mouth with a cylindrical feel to the meaty, ripe fruit. Very precise with excellent cut and balance and a powerful, if closed feel. Will definitely improve and have a very long life 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe Bricco Boschis 1990


    While this lacks a bit of freshness it is very complex with layered notes of earth, salame, and a slight roasting chestnut tone. In the mouth it is refreshing with its crisp tannins and solid acidity but lacks some flesh. The flavors are fairly savory and while the tannins are big the wine doesnt show the balance need leading to a round, soft fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavallotto Barolo "San Giuseppe" Riserva 1989


    While this closed up in the glass it opened with intense candied violet tones and liquory, slightly jammy fruit. Notes of ripe herbs add depth. Almost seamless in the mouth with tons of ripe, round tannins and excellent acidity supporting a taut core of tarry fruit. Really poised and deep in the mouth yet very young with a long fine finish. This... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavallotto Barbaresco Vigna San Giuseppe Riserva 1985


    The nose offers up jammy fruits but there is admirable freshness in the menthol, green olive, caper, and green tobacco tones that add interest. Big and powerfully fruity in the mouth this still has a fair amount of ripe tannin to resolve but the ripe fruit is in balance and the tannin accentuates the emerging, fine tea like notes on the back end... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe Bricco Boschis 1978


    The light and elegant nose opens with an array of tobacco tinged nut meats and is a bit fresher than the 1971 though it lacks the intensity that wine offered. Ripe tannins frame a powerful, darkly fruited midpalate which picks up a bit too much nuttiness, seemingly revealing more oxidative notes than the nose would have indicated. Complex in the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe Bricco Boschis 1971


    Opening with a touch of espresso crema and spicy Speck notes this gains lovely intensity with an orange rind edge to the meaty, smoky notes and gains a bit of earthy pipe tobacco and oyster shell with time. A touch drying with austere tannins still in evidence this none-the-less fills the mouth with its evolved, dried fruit notes that gains swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sella Lessona 2001


    75% nebbiolo, 15% vespolina from 60 year old vines from the north of Piedmont. The nose here is just so expressive I took a long time just to enjoy the intense florality with rich spicy green herbal notes red dustiness, red peppercorn, and a hint strawberry juice the impression in the mouth is lithe and very well balanced with soft, round tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bramaterra Sella 2001


    70% nebbiolo, 20% croatina, 10% vespolina from 45 year old vines. This is a very different wine with a bit of soapy florality on the nose, notes of clay, juniper and meat with lots of plum skin fruit, distinctly bigger, more powerful, and less penetrating on the nose. Chewy in the mouth with some stiff tannins, great acidity, notes of pear skin ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fratelli Levis Barbaresco 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by FlorenzoFignon

  • In order to fully appreciate your wine experience, it's extremely important to ... Sangiovese for Chianti, and Nebbiolo for Barolo.  There are literally hundreds of different grape varietals, but I've taken the liberty of selecting a handful of the more popular grapes and have made up a sort of general descriptor guide to make it easier for pe... Read More

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