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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  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Luisin Barolo Leon 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - intense nose, spicy, jammy cinnamon(-), really fruit driven though not fruity, with well integrated non toasty oak, nice mouthfeel, a bit loose but with nice balance to the crisp tannins and integrated acids, rather sleek and smooth, all around well done, very refreshing finish, a bit short, again not a particularly fruit dr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Lazzarito 2005

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    AWE blind tating - lots of ripe fruit, violets, a bit of coffee oak integrated with spicy black plum tones, lots of coffee, lean and crisp in the mouth with bitter mineral and earth tones, lots of almost plummy but not sweet fruit, a bit too much wood tannin, lacks a bit of detail but quite powerful with polished tannins and nice cut and focus,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Adelaide Barolo Cannubi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely herbal/citrus notes on the nose, definite agrumi nose with some brambly edges creeping in and a touch of smoke and roast meat, nicely polished tannins, nice depth to the treebark tinged, quinine tinged bitter cherry fruit, quite perfumed in the mouth with roses and wild raspberry tones, nice long savory finish with lo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barale F. Lli Barolo Cannubi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice depth, aromatic dried herbs, slightly candied, slightly medicinal, a touch of roastedness here, nicely done, a bit to the tannic side but with plenty of bitter cherry fruit to balance it, theres a nice streak of violet pastille here as well adding complexity, plenty of tannins and they are a touch astringent, really nic... Read More

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