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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  • Pira Luigi Barbara 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit more smoky loamy styled tight, hard masculine and dark, a bit loose in a focused slightly extracted style a bit too much power here and not balancing the crisp ripe fruit, good inner mouth aromatics though, this is powerful and intense and will last a long time with a very long, very medicinal black fruited finish but t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pira Luigi Barbara 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice jammy fruit, black fruits, black raspberry, a pretty fruit driven nose, with some nice stemmy herbal background tones, and touched of leather and camphor, a bit flaccid in the mouth, really doesnt follow up the nice aromatics, the flavors gain some intensity but are low key if nice with authentic medicinal character ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Vigna Regnola Badarina 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit hot, peppery, cinnamon spicy, quite refreshingly herbal, nice entry with earthy tannins, good acids, a bit diffuse, pretty soft tannins but nice ripe, slightly herbal fruit that is refreshing and with good depth, nice spicy finish, well done, 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Saffirio Josetta Barolo Persiera 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy with some cooked fruit character, some smoldering wood, very fluid, very drinkable, fresh cherry fruit, spiced lightly, nice fruity style wine, good acids, easy drinking, not complicated but enjoyable for its well captured ripe, succulent fruit, very clean finish, this is very drinkable and very friendly 87-88 Read More

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  • Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very nice fruit, rosehips in alcohol, almost salty wild berry fruit tones, nice nose modest intensity and complexity but interesting, a bit thin on the palate, just barely fruited, a bit extracted tannins, an austere style but with attractive fruit tones, a tough wine but not without interest and potential, 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Famiglia Anselma Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet strawberry fruit, woody, spicy, some spicy cinnamon, nice intensity of aromatics, even some herbs and agrumi, sweet right up front, integrated tannins, very spicy mid-palate with lots of licorice and cinnamon character, a touch of floral character, lots of chewy fruit, perhaps a bit extracted but nicely done though the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Germano Angelo Langhe Nebbiolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a touch dirty, bresaola, prosciutto fat, Slavonian oak, smoky, nice freshness in the mouth a touch of backing green herb, a nice layered quality to the bitter root, slight bitter leafy greens notes that frames the solid bitter cherry fruit, not a block buster but good complexity and decent weight to buffer the structure, ni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate le Coste 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - coffee candy, yuck, dirties up a bit, gains some nice old school notes, with a touch of oxidation showing, turning minty, dusty and old wood like, smells vaguely like a barn, loose up front but then showing some nice sweet/spicy fruitiness, theres some cola, almost new world flavors here but there is this weird dichotomy betw... Read More

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  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate le Coste 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smells sweetly fruited, candied, roasted herbs, red fruit , touch of red hots, diluted, still some nice crisp, fresh wild raspberry fruits here with mineral tones and a lovely transparency, well made and very drinkable with the fruit gaining intensity on the back end and adding a blood orange note, good length, a nice wine 87-88 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Langhe 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - prosciutto, pepper, alpine herbs, ricola, red fruit, a faint whiff of far away smoke, dilute but with decent flavors, a nice traditional feel, ripe fruit but dilute, a nice minerally tones, almost salty, a bit extracted on the finish but with nice follow through and the finish, a bit minty. Oaky spicy but good depth of flavor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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