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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  • Roberto Sarotto Barolo Audace 2005

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    AWE blind tasting -bitter fruit, cedary, earthy, high acid soil, lean, focused, clean, fairly precise red fruits, very little complexity a touch of wood, and some spicy green fruit notes, lime zest, maybe even a touch of roast beef, finishes with a touch of candied herbalness, 84-85 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Ballarin Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lots of sweet wood, talc, - lots of wood, nice flavors under the wood, a bit simple though a very burnished palate profile, lots of woody tones, good cherry fruit, too much tannin on the backend, short 84-85 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bosco Agostino Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - speck, tons of cured meat character, a touch of black pepper, savory, a nice herbal touch, a bit too coffeed, meaty and slight herbal up front, coffee cream on the mp, some nice cherry fruit, a matte and indistinct backend, has an interesting character, I would try again, 84-85 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fratelli Monchiero Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit leathery, bretty, gamy, nice medium weight, pretty feel but a bit on the dirty side, not necessarily rustic but a bit odd, good length, nice return of wild yellow cheery, sapid, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rivetto Barolo Serralunga 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit cooked, spicy, clovey,, bresaola, cool, not much intensity, balanced, a nice wine, but without much detail, nice fruit on the finish, very fresh, nice seeds strawberry toned finish 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Germano Ettore Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - diesel, lots of herbal character, macerated herbs, macerated flowers, the nose is interesting, the mouth is a bit flat and uninteresting with decent fruit and a nice herbal flourish but nothing special 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vigna Rionda Massolino Barolo Parafada 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a fair amount of smoky oak here, still some medicinal character, lacks detail, nicely managed tannins, an easier mouthfeel, a bit of chewy extract, lacks follow through, short, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giovanni Sordo Barolo Gabutti 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - light fresh nose, fresh leather, rocks, passionfruit, red currant, low intensity, smells astringent, nice mouthfeel, polished tannins, good flesh, a bit loose on the mp but with lots of medicinal character, bitter fruits, a bit simple but very typical, lots of tannins on the finish 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monti Barolo Bussia 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - dark, dirty, earthy, charry, spiced, antiseptic, a bit lean in the mouth, nice quality to the tannins up front, good acids, nice feel,, decent earthy flavors, drying, inelegant but with some character, tough and drying, some nice length too, 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacosa Fratelli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a big woodsy nose, confiture of bitter cherry, intense if monolithic, but very clean and fresh, a nice menthol top note, pretty sweet entry then a bit thin, shiny and hard though the sour cherry and herbal/citrus toned fruit is pleasant, a bit thin but nice 85-86 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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