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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  • Lodovico E Virna Borgogno Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - angelica root and quinine, this is very medicinal and wildly dried herbal smelling, really interesting dried alpine floral, herbal tea tones, lots of tea here, more herbal tea on the palate as well, there is some bitter cherry fruit here as well but the profile is completely unusual with great big herbs, pollen, earth, and mi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barale F. Lli Barolo Castellero 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sandalwood slathered in raspberry coulis, very clean, lightly spiced, , some nice spiced peach tones, a hint of green tobacco, a bit chewy, perhaps a bit extracted as well but with nice cherry toned fruit backed by acidity that keeps this lively and vibrant, its a touch leathery with the tannins taking hold on the mid-palate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tastng - nice and aromatic, plenty of sandalwood and rosehips, with nice cranberry and raspberry fruit tones, and a touch of spearmint, shows nice concentration up front, a more gentle character nice depth to the slightly simple, but burnished cherry, spice, tobacco and aromatic wood tinged mp, leads to a relatively long bright finish,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marchese di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice fresh green herb notes, are subtly infused with a bit of coffee oak in the white peppery, roast beefy tinged slightly roasted black cherry fruit, cool and taut, with a sinewy quality, nice fruit here a bit of oak is obvious but well integrated, nice purity to the fruit though it has a bit of sweetness, nice lift on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mauro Sebaste Nebbiolo Blend Langhe Centobricchi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - quinine, old tree bark, forest floor, spicy mushrooms, very aromatic, sauvage but appealing, nice concentration this has a bit of flesh with bitter cherry, medicinal and earthy tones in balance, a bit of finesse even, for the vintage, nicely done and growing inner mouth perfume, a flush of green herb on the rather languid fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marcarini Nebbiolo Barolo Brunate 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lightly smokey, a touch sweet, nice raspberry fruit tones, light grilled meat, sweet entry, nice fruit, good balance here with fresh acidity and ripe tannins, a little soft perhaps but with good depth to the funghi and spearmint tinged, sour cherry fruit, a touch short, nice and drinkable 88-89 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bovio Barolo Vigna Gattera 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - raspberry jam, salt, over-ripe, menthol, chalk, fresh and easy, nice fruity styled wine, the traditional version of above, a bit restaurant styled but nice freshness and lovely orange and lime zest accents to the well proportioned core of ripe berry fruit, lean and nervous, short finish 88-89 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franco Conterno Barolo Bussia Munie 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sappy, herbal, taut and nervous, a touch of seaweed, spicy green and lovely, a bit of wood intrudes in the back, fresh and crisp with plenty of ripe strawberry fruit, nicely balanced pure vibrant fruity little wine, a touch easily styled but to its advantage, strawberry seeds perhaps a touch of bitter greens lurking but lovel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very woodsy, forest floor, river rocks, mineral water, wild raspberry liquor, a bit lean smelling but fresh and transparent, and a bit fleshy, refreshing, a nice bitter herb tone balances the fresh, crisp raspberry fruit, a bit simple but nice mouthfeel, nice finish cleansing and clean, not great but very drinkable 89-90 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cavallotto Nebbiolo Barolo Bricco Boschis 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - savory, wild raspberry liquor, clay, brushfire, deep for the vintage, slight herbal notes some spicy strawberry seeds, touch of bitter almond, a bit chewy, nice fruit tones, a bit black raspberry, nice mineral note, fresh, wild cherry on the mp, subtle but with nice complicating notes of sandalwood, a hint of caraway, dark sp... Read More

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