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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  • Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo 2005


    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


    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

  • La Spinetta Rivetti Langhe Nebbiolo Starderi 2004


    Lots of wood induced sweetness here but also plenty of raw, even green wood. This has the distressing aromas of water-based paint with plenty of baking spices, powdered ginger and green cardamom to make this a real mess. , Opens up with intense fleshy, slightly jammy red raspberry fruit too. A bit dull in the mouth, soft tannins up front, sweet... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ascheri Barolo Sorano 2004


    Sweet and warm on the nose verging on slightly fudgy with pruny fruit then very floral with a real rosy floral tones. Gains an earthy, medicinal, tarry, limestone mineral tone, there is real complexity here. After two hours this turned shockingly feral and earthy with a pinot-like character. That ameliorated with time though the evolution on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Barolo DOCG 2004


    Big and fruit driven nose, soapy flowers but not roses, even through the ... a ... a tender succulence. Real Nebbiolo character even through the TCA, which becomes decidedly more noticeable on the finish. Clean bottles should be excellent in a pure, fruit driven style. 90pts plus potenti Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luigi Pira Barolo 2004


    Tarry and smoky nose with a touch of fruitcake sweetness and minor note of fairly raw wood. Licorice and deep roses emerge though the nose remains a bit tight with background tones of fur and stone. Sweet fruit up front, precise, crisp tannins followed by a lovely flush of red fruit with a bit of integrated yet noticeably cedary wood. Apple-... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1988


    certainly less oak here, similar to the 1985 with more distinctlimestone and tar, really crisp, clean, and well deliniated nose, wood offer acomplimentary note and is in fine balance, faint bresaola note, really typicalnotes on the nose, hints of grapevine smokiness, warm strawberries, nice spicenotes form a backdrop, leaner in the mouth but mor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dezzani Barbaresco Il Barbaresco 1999


    Substantial Barbaresco, full mouth, well balanced. Cherry, oak...makes Barbaresco lovers proud. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • I've had 2 late cancellations for tonight's blind tasting of Nebbiolo d'Alba here at Snooth HQ in lower Manhattan.If anyone is interested in joining us please shoot me an email or PM for the details.Thanks Read More

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  • Is there really anything better than a night with a home made Risotto paired ... ... with a great bottle of nebbiolo?So my wife just sets up these dinners with friends, who sometimes I've never met before, which allows me to test out recipes that I use for my professional work. Usually I'm just the pouty self criticizing chef that spends mor... Read More

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