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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda 1993

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    Sweetly perfumed with anise, mineral, iron, celery salt and light incense tones this is beginning to really speak of Rionda. There is a touch of growing bouillon and this seems to be a bit more evolved than I would like or expect but I have to assume that this bottle has seen less than ideal storage. Big and lush on entry with great acids and e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra 1985

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    This got a little lost in tonight's line-up. It offered up a big, fruity nose with touches of poop, leather and woodspice but in a simpler and decidely more fruit driven tone than the Giacosas. The mouthfeel was soft with lots of very ripe tannins and adeuquate acidity. There was solid if slightly simple fruit that had a touch of an extracted f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto 1988

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    This was offering up fantastic perfumes tonight with a sharp earthy character that recalled dry, mineral rich grey clay. There were complicating notes of tar and anise with a rich underlay of dusky sweet fruit with just a hint of band-aid lurking in the background. In the mouth this was big and soft with intense, sweet, dark fruit edged with com... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1974

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    Another bottle that opens slowly, even after having been double decanted an hour or two earlier. Herbs and flowers grow in the glas before the wine is taken over by a huge blasamic note, citrussy and pine filled. There is a touch of VA adding complexity in the shoe polish register and a bit of salty seaweed as well but that fades into the backgr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba 1974

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    This has a very evolved nose of bouillon, brown spice, dried mushroom and dried herb though there remains a touch of macerated prune fruit and typical tar and anise notes. Much fresher in the mouth with mostly resolved tannins and a nice silky feel. There are nice red berry fruit tones in the mouth that lead to a savory, tertiary finish with fun... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1990

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    This never really opened fully though the nose did offer dark notes of fruit and leather with lovely touches of green ivy, wood spice and black olive. In the mouth there were tons of soft tannins and soft acidity and while there were nice notes of blocky dark fruits and underbrush this remained fairly closed. In need of additional cellaring. Dri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rosso di Valtellina 2002

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    Excellent wine for spicy pasta dishes! Read More

    Wine review by mywineisfine


  • Nino Negri Valtellina Sfursat 2003

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    Ottimo!Nulla da dire, un signor vino! Read More

    Wine review by vguardamagna


  • Eraldo Viberti Barolo 2001

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    Riferito all'annata 2004: meraviglioso.Complimenti, Eraldo, ottimo lavoro.. Read More

    Wine review by vguardamagna


  • Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sovereign89


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