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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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1970

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    The inaugural vintage of Monprivato and as Mauro recounts, the inaugural vintage of the newly created Ca dMorissio Riserva! How is that you ask? Well this was a trial of sorts using the best vines from Monprivato in an effort to produce something special, something that would transcend the vintage. The vines Mauro selected for this bottling were... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1978

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    This was superbly fresh on the nose with a touch of dried chocolate frosting adding sweetness to the dried strawberry fruit. There are layers of forest floor, seashell, tobacco, spice and herb notes here with flourishes of salad greens, dried asphalt, maduro tobacco and fresh porcini mushroom. On the palate this is bright and deep with a huge c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1971

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    Mute on the nose with subtle notes of dried raspberry, sheepskin, dusty, stony soil and beefy, saddle leather tones. This gained slowly but surely throughout the evening and was improved by the end of the night but was sadly finished. On the palate this was elegant and velvety with lovely balance that lent the mouthfeel a broad, yet shallow feel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Rionda 1979

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    There is quite a story behind this wine. Bruno Giacosa had been in the habit of buying this lot but in 1979, most likely to make up for the tiny harvest the year before, Aldo Canale significantly raised his asking price. Bruno Giacosa balked at paying more for a lesser vintage and passed on the lot. Mauro found out and quickly agreed to the tar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1979

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    This is remarkably fresh on the nose with a huge note of freshly picked strawberries, dirt, leaves and all. There is a slightly coffee edge here and nice notes of poppy seed with a touch of mint and camphor adding complexity. In the mouth this retain superb balance and freshness in a bright vein with subtly sweet cherry fruit and minor tannins t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1981

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    A dark and youthful appearance was gratifying to see and Mauro explained that this vintage produced wines with deep colors but the weather was such that the tannins never fully ripened. The grapes achieved ripeness very late in the season due more to the photosynthesis of the light as opposed to the heat of the sun that would have also ripened t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1982

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    Young and tarry on the nose. Mauro had asked me when I decanted the wines. When I replied that it had been about 2 hours he told me next time I should consider 5 or 8 hours and in his experience 12-18 hours in a cool cellar is really the ideal time to allow these wines to fully open up! This opened slowly but most likely would have benefited fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba 2001

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    A light ruby red color with a slightly orange rim. Initially, bright cherry fruit on the nose with rose petal and a woodsy mushroom undertone. Very pure nose that sang Barbaresco and with time allowed the trademark of tar to rise from this wines bouquet. On the palette, medium bodied with raspberry and cranberry fruit and notes of tobacco on the... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2003

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    This has an intense perfume of smoldering cigar, cigar ash, cherries in alcohol, prune and burnt orange rind. In the mouth there is a lot of weight here with rich fruit flavors and none of the bitter tannins many of these 2003's are showing. Bright and juicy with a lush, round feel and a backend built on extract and ripe tannins. this may lack t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • We're having a meal of gnocchi and brown butter and sage - would a sauvignon blanc be better at cutting through the heavy mouthfeel of brown butter, or would sage have done that already and render the sauvignon blanc a little useless? Read More

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