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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  • So we meet again at Snooth central to blind taste what is arguably the greatest ... am doing the arguing! Langhe Nebbiolo and Nebbiolo d'Alba. These entry level bottingd of the Nebbiolo grape from some of Piedmonte's greatest producers of Barolo and Barbaresco frequently capture the beauty of the grape with a transparency that allows for the te... Read More

    From the article Snooth PTP - Value Nebbiolo blind tasting


  • Luigi Pira Barolo 2004

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    Acrid tar on the nose, but it moves quickly past that into quite a classic barolo taste. I'm not the hugest Barolo fan, but despite the style found this quite approachable. Strong tannins, even still. Long finish on the dry tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2010

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    Fairly pale color. Deep lilac fruitiness on the nose. Pleasant tar notes with some solid tannins. Finish of sour cherries. I paired it with twice cooked pork (chinese food) and chicken sausages - went well!Note: had been open, but recorked for 24 hours. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Nebbiolo Blind TastingFlight 1-20041) L Pira Le Ombre Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 87pts2) Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - NR3) Ascheri Bricco S. Giacomo Nebbiolo dAlba $22.99 - 89ptsFlight 2 - 20054) La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo $24.99 - 75pts5) Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 91pts6) Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 88ptsFlight... Read More

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  • Nebbiolo Blind TastingFlight 1-20041)L Pira Le Ombre Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 87pts2)Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - NR3)Ascheri Bricco S. Giacomo Nebbiolo dAlba $22.99 - 89ptsFlight 2 20054)La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo $24.99 - 75pts5)Vietti Perbacco Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 91pts6)Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo $21.99 - 88ptsFlight 3 2... Read More

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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2010

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    Dark and earthy at first with raspberry in alcohol, tree bark, fleshy wild cherry and a minor menthol note. This opens to reveal good aromatic complexity full of incipient floral tones, pollen, and fennel seed tones. Sweet on entry with a really nice structure that features the bigger tannins of the vintage which are a touch drying. Fine acids w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero 2000

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    Crazy! What a fine nose with confiture fruits, huge herbs, sweet and almost candied/dried fruit tone dates and dried cherry but still moist and fresh. Slight tobacco, more black olive brine than olives, leather, sweet licorice, intense and complex and gaining a purity to the block olive notes with each passing moment. A bit loose at first, per... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2004

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    This offers up a fine array of mineral, menthol, leather, dried asphalt, cherry in alcohol and licorice in alcohol tones with a touch of camphor and sweet medicinal background notes. There is plenty of alcohol on the nose, even just a bit too much but the complexity is compelling. Big sweet/sour fruit up front though the mid-palate is a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2010

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    Sweet and deep on the nose, with spicy tones, lots of prosciutto and preserved meats with a slightly gamey edge. There are background notes of dried funghi, talc and tobacco lurking behind the red fruits and a floral top note. Big sweet fruit on entry with a round, lush character. This is big yet with excellent balance full of sweet wild berry f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 2010

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    Green herbal on the nose with a touch too much SO2, leathery with distinct Slavonian oak barrel stink in all its black pepper spiced salamed glory. Elegant and lean in the mouth with refined tannins and bright acids, that are juicy. There id plenty of rich fruit here but this is a bit dull and flat tonight with a solid core of wild red cherry fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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