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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  • Schiavenza Barolo Prapò 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy raspberry, sweetish, kind of fruity, a nice iron and peppery note, with a black spice at its core, a bit flabby acid, nice and crisp texture, cool fruits restrained and balanced, nice purity to the black fruit flavors, good intensity builds with black fruits on the finish, with a long menthol laden finish, a bit rustic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gemma Barolo Giblin 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - salame, earthy and gamy, dried cherry, roast meat, greengage plum, nice sweet fruit, with that dank cellar note adding a hint of complexity, soft, quite evolved, fairly complex flavors that lack some freshness but have a nice complex, rather evolved character to the earthy, dried bitter root, very slight chinato feel to them... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - reticent nose, tight and closed but with leather, precise red fruits, a very gentle simmering raspberry sweetness, rainwater, cherry juice, rich yet very well composed with a lean yet muscular character, nice freshness in the mouth, polished tannins, a touch diffuse across the mp but with really nice purity, finishes with li... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mauro Veglio Barolo Vigneto Castelletto DOCG 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - lovely nose at first then very menthol, and fresh, a touch of leather, nice macerated herb and hot rocks note, big smooth, and polished, bright acids, juicy, finely polished tannins, good depth again a bit suave, but with nice flavors and a touch of finesse, clean brisk and very drinkable 90-91 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose Colla 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very dark and earthy smelling, limestone cut, face powder, gentle herbal and floral tones, a bit on the elegant side, nice and bright, sour cherry fruit, fresh tannins, very fresh style, clean, rosehips in alcohol on the backend, very drinkable , nicely balanced good length, a touch leathery, I like this, 90-91 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gemma Barolo Giblin 2005

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    AWE blind tasting -dirty, some eggs, yellow berry fruits, sour meats, pork, dried meats, rainier cherry, nice ripeness, a sweet caressing character, a bit weird but with a friendly feel, different, easy, burnished, bacon fat, butchers wax, barbershop, fresh. Clean, a bit lean but not taut, perhaps a bit simple and maybe not super varietal but as... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fratelli Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - frutti del bosco tart with apricot glaze, spice, nicely smoky undertone, a touch of prosciutto and a hint of wildflower, raspberry, a nice concentrated entry then really drawn to the back of the mouth by fine acids, tannins are fairly well polished, a nice sour cherry and sandalwood core, raspberry tone, turns a bit hard on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giorgio Scarzello E Figli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - deep and pungent with earthy, minerally dark cherry fruit, a hint of wood, but precise and focused, nice tension in the mouth, a bit of dilution but still well concentrated and balanced with a hint of elegance, in a rustic style, lovely green citrus fruit tones and tarry add depth and complexity, fine and intense with a good ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Damilano Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - more bitter cherry, earthy, slightly brothy, tight rose note, lots of white earth, lovely young balanced nose, a slight root beer bitterness on the nose, camphor - bitter fruit entry is very nice, richly fruited but not fruity, with a nice spice tone, fresh fruits, crisp tannins, very well balanced medium scaled Barolo wit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bric Cenciurio Barolo Costa di Rose 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - a bit sweet at first then turning gamy, with sort of feral animal notes and fairly precise raspberry fruit, nice to smell, with right complex fruit tones and a touch of cigarette tobacco and camphor, this has lots of sweet fruit but remains vibrant and taut in the mouth, lacks just a bit of complexity to really show well, but... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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