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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  • Brovia Barolo Ca'Mia 2004

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    Shy on the nose with subtle rosehips, ripe herbs, layered with dried strawberry and dry soil tones 3Gentle and elegant in the mouth, caressing and elegant 2Tight, lovely rosehip core with slight dried soil, dried herb edges to the small red fruits, slight drying apple peels perfume in the mouth 2Very crisp on the finish with a high toned appeal ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Villero 2004

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    From a freshly opened bottle Dark and smoky on the nose with plums in alcohol and rich earth and sottobsco notes. Top notes of pollen, saffron and lilac add hight and lighten it up 3Big and a touch viscous in the mouth yet with superb freshness with bright acidity and tons of soft tannins 3Dark and a touch mysterious in the mouth with licorice a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Ca'Mia 2004

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    From a freshly opened bottleIntense notes of walnut shells, violets, roast meat, herb stem, sand, a touch of menthol, spicy and every so stewy wild berry fruit 3Superb elegance in the mouth with a sweet entry and a steely midpalate showing superb balance and integration 3+Fresh and cool flavors of mineral, licorice and wild berry are crisp and v... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Ca'Mia 2003

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    From a freshly opened bottle Dark and dense on the nose with reticent notes of dried cherry, leather, medicinal herbs and roots and a menthol top note 3Rich and powerful in the mouth with serious tannins and bright acidity 2+Big flavors of astringent red berries, spicy nettles, hints of brown tones leaning towards tobacco, cocoa, leather and dri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barolo Villero 2003

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    From a bottle open 2 daysHightoned yet a bit pruny on the nose with a bit of nut skin and macerated flowers adding interest. Adds some feral animale notes and a touch of candle wax 2+Medium full in the mouth and well integrated if seemly a bit hot with a touch of drying tannin 2Herbal on entry with a restrained core of dried raspberry fruit that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 2004

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    From a bottle open 2 daysVery floral nose with hints of peach skin, ivy, and tender rosehip note, very high toned 2Light and elegant in the mouth with sweet tannins and integrated acidity 2+A bit rochy, strongly mineral on the attack with slightly sour and astringent strawberry/lingonberry fruits and a very gentle vegetal top note 2Very nice che... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 2004

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    From a bottle open 2 daysVery floral nose with hints of peach skin, ivy, and tender rosehip note, very high toned 2Light and elegant in the mouth with sweet tannins and integrated acidity 2+A bit rochy, strongly mineral on the attack with slightly sour and astringent strawberry/lingonberry fruits and a very gentle vegetal top note 2Very nice che... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2004

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    Bottle open for 1 dayVery clean and pure on the nose with pure rose, slightly foxy red berry fruit and licorice then refreshing mineral/sand/limestone notes. Like walking through sandy soil in a garden after a rain. 3Elegant in the mouth with a round feel that integrates fine acidity and very ripe tannins 3The flavors of dark cherry are just a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brezza Barolo Cannubi 2003

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    Bottle opened for 2 daysThe nose here is very intense with a layer floral quality very strong on violets then sweet, chinato like tones that recall cola and root beer. 2+Very fresh in the mouth with ripe tannins and good acidity 2+Lovely mineral and licorice tinged midpalate has nice strawberry fruit tones and a menthol top note 2+Finishes long... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2004

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    A big, fruity nose starts out with classic cherry in alcohol notes then a bit of prune plum, freshly cut herbs, salty mineral notes some prosciutto hints and layers of floral and forest floor tones. Great nose 3+Big and full in the mouth with big, round tannins and very well integrated acidity 3Slightly bitter on entry then a blast of dark cherr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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