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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  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet dried wood tones on the nose, leathery, nice precise fruit, dark fruit, cool in the mouth, good focus, spicy, menthol, floral tones, tight coiled and with good length 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy and herbal very nice green herb notes, deep ripe fruit and fresh notes nice dichotomy, a bit hollow, nice flavors but rather low key, ordinary, lots of tannin on the back end and the finish, a bit innocuous, some nice licorice and menthol on the finish 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marziano Abbona Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice aromatic nose with a touch of sweet wood contrasting the menthol, savory crisp fruit, a bit thick and fat, nice richness, flabby though, popular style , restaurant wine, fruity, nice fruit, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo San Giovanni 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smells like wood flooring, sweet, then menthol, nice focus, a bit of an extracted feel, nice slightly medicinal fruit, a bit woody feeling, nice cool fruit, very good ripeness, quite drying but flavorful, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silvano Bolmida Barolo Vigne Dei Fantini 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - big balsamic tones, lots of dried meats, spicy wood tones, really fresh, and exhibiting nice ripeness, nicely fleshy, nicely fresh good refreshing acids, nice ripe tannins, nice herbal and dried earth notes, nothing immediate but subtle and sophisticated with a nice savory finish, 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - barrels, way too much barrels, smoky oak and extracted fruit, has a nice vegetal character hiding behind though, big fruit, really nice vegetal herbal flavors but the texture is a bit goopy, , really extracted black cherry fruit on the back end, I can see this being very popular 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Costa di Bussia Barolo Luigi Arnulfo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - pine, bay, pressed flowers, cool, a little thin but with nice typical sour cherry and almost leather fruit, perfectly nice little wine, 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Michele Chiarlo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet and candied nose, root beer, some baked goods, extracted, heavy, but deep and intense with chewy, dark, opaque fruit, this might just come around as it has a lovely minerality that really cuts through the huge fruit and finishes with intense cooling menthol and dark, earthy note, even a hint of dark tobacco on the mode... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi Figli & Barolo Cannubbio 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweetly fruited, a touch of peach here, sour cherry, burnt match stick, a bit dilute, nice ripeness but easy styled with moderately intense wild cherry fruit, a bit more structure than fruit, a touch of watermelon and almost minty spice, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - herbal and floral nose with some background cola spice, more macerated wild cherry, clumps of weeds with fresh dirt a bit of chalk, fresh and taut, a bit languid on entry, firming up slightly but this remains a bit closed in the mouth, nice fruit a touch of smoky campfire but it doesnt pull itself together, a little medici... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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