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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  • 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


  • Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo 2006

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    Completely unusual nose. Reticent at first with a sandy, dried herbal edge to ... the evening offering up real Nebbiolo fruit tones in a flannelly soft and rich package. Has the elegance of a grand dame. Barbaresco weigh 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brezza Nebbiolo d'Alba Santa Rosalia 2006

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    Classic penetrating Nebbiolo aromatics of, oyster shell, red fruit, dried roses, rust, iron, dried herb, leather, and still a touch of youthful melon. Soft and juicy in the mouth with a spicy, herb toned, really fruit driven mid-palate full of lovely wild strawberry notes. Lush and polished without being fat or manipulated, in fact it has an al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Scarzello Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2006

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    Mini Barolo alert! This is deep and penetrating. Great dark fruits, which are a ... Really complete and powerful Nebbiolo that is extracted for sure but shows excellent promise for the future. I lasted tasted this in May of this year and it has really filled out. This is perhaps a clumsy moment for this wine but the pieces are all there if you ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo 2005

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    Deep forest floor straight out of the gate with real good intensity here with ... finish, but a gutsy glass of Nebbiolo that offers Real solid value for a, very natural feeling wine. Has some Barbaresco like character. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Lazzarito 2005

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    Light and airy while also intense with floral, earth, currant jam and light ... A really lovely nose, very Nebbiolo and while tight shows great potential revealing soft notes of raspberry jam and wild cherry in alcohol with a subtle meaty underlay. A bit polished up front then round and rich if a touch soft. Real thrust to the herbal tinged r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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