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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  • Schiavenza Barolo Broglio Riserva 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy rosehips, medicinal, herbal, floral, deep, penetrating and intense with a sort of fruit backdrop thats very appealing, in the mouth this is a chewy and fairly deep, really crisp, fine tannins, a little austere, with potential 88-89 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paolo Manzone Serralunga Barolo DOCG 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice jammy fruit, then very soil driven talc and mineral and limestone, barbershop, medicinal, a little light but very attractive, a bit chewy, a bit thin, nice black cherry, bitter fruit, meaty, fairly complex and nicely spicy with good balance on a smaller frame, really good intensity to the medicinal character but the fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Margheria 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely liquory fruit, great captured fruit on the nose, with exotic notes of green seeds middle eastern spicy seeds, nice intensity just a touch of medicinal character and a hint of black cherry fruit, a bit sweet up front then falling off but the palate holds it together just enough to maintain interest, a soft styled wine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pira Langhe Nebbiolo 2004

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    I had this wine at a restaurant in Belfast called James St South. It was fanstastic one of the best wines i have ever had :-) Read More

    Wine review by clur


  • Monti Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - stone, dirt, reticent but nice, prosciutto fat, anise seed(green), not a lot going on but whats there I like, cool in the mouth, soft tannins, a bit soft acids too, a nice core of clean sour cherry fruit, a bit of dried middle eastern spice, lovely tannins ripe but crisp, would like to see this develop, 88-89 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Silvano Bolmida 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - wow, sweet fruit, big balsamic, earthy note, intense and fruity, a weird herbal red fruit tone, astringent red fruits, wild cherry, thick but then very taut with great acids, cleansing and bracing, nicely concentrated fresh fruits, a tense, savory, tea, old wood finish, an intense wine, lots of character, good length, slight... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Stroppiana Barolo Gabutti Bussia 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lots of autumnal character, dried floral tones a touch of bresaola, menthol, penetrating and deep, sweet fruit, slight dried fruit character, supple tannins, nicely balanced an approachable today with a nice almost peach hint of sweet astringency then more red fruited with a touch of funghi too, zest finish, evolved perhaps ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franco Conterno Barolo Bussia Munie 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - macerated cherry and floral notes, a bit talcy/sandy, a bit fleshy, smells hard - hard, cool, crisp feel, not much rather light in the mouth, clean, sour yellow cherry, a touch of lardo, aromatic animal fat, nice persistence with a nice finish, good length cleansing, brisk and precise.nice fruit notes on the finish but so c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - slight jammy lingonberry, hard, nice taut neb nose, a bit closed but a nice mineral underlay, sour cherry upfront, fine tannins, a bit fat/flabby/overdone, god if lacking a bit of character, nice fruit with a sour edge and acids integrated and highlighting this bright berry/raspberry fruit tone, good length, a bit of clay... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Ballarin Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very nice start, clean clear and penetrating, some wood but adding nice spice tones, sandalwood, pencil wood, a bit of patisserie, very bright acids, polished tannins, nice focus across the palate, a touch austere but with plenty of fruit, savory burnished wood character to the nice core of fruit, a hint of sweetness return... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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