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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  • Can we talk about "gaminess" in wine for a second?  It's ... (except old Brunello), or Nebbiolo with that term.  I'm not exhaustively going through all the grapes that get put in the wines I drink, but that's a sample.  Syrah is very sensitive to soil and climate, IMO, and that can breed out the gaminess, but it's really rare to not taste it i... Read More

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  • We feel that if a geographic area has shown wine excellence throughout a long ... ... Considered as highly as Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, Aglianico is a mutation of “Hellenico”; that is, the Greek grape, brought by Greek colonists to Magna Graecia perhaps as early as the 8th Century BC. It is Southern Italy’s most important vine. It flourishes t... Read More

    From the article Campania Wine: Something Very Old, Something Very New

  • Will be in NYC mid-Oct. Maybe mid-Nov too. Anyhow, good luck with the book. For ... ... it was going to be about Nebbiolo. Either way, I'm sure it will be a fine tom Read More

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  • No, not in person, but just stopping by for a virtual hello!As some of you might know, I've been hard at work on a book about Chianti, I'm spending some beautiful summer days indoors transcribing the 100 or so interviews I recorded over the past several months as I get rolling out of research mode and into production mode.I might need something ... Read More

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  • Sperss Nebbiolo Barbera Gaja Gaja Red 1999


    sperss 1999 still frech and young , cerises , leather , little smokey , hints of violet Read More

    Wine review by Benbibendum

  • Hesitate not, lest ye (or these sweet bottles) be lost!I continue to be ... ... years, with intense mature Nebbiolo aromatics, dry and savory; the wine is not overly tannic, but no Piemontese would ever serve this except at table, with a main-course meat dish like ossobuco or something grilled; do so and you will have a memorable treat.    |  ... Read More

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  • Barolo is the “King” of Italian wines. Its crown, however, has ... ... ... of the specific clone of Nebbiolo used in making Barolo. The approved clones are Michet, Lampone and Rose but Rose has all but disappeared. Barolo is always 100% Nebbiolo. Soil composition was discussed: Tortonian or Helvetian. Then there was the debate over the sizes a... Read More

    From the article Barolo: Then and Now

  • Met up with Foxall last night in Oakland...We had a couple modest '04 ... ... with typcial bursts of dark nebbiolo fruit. Also found some mild cinnamon impressions and other spices, however did not find the oak cloying, even though Foxall gave some background on how they're known for scraping barrels.The Corino didn't have the concentration of... Read More

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  • Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino 2010


    A dusty and earthy nose, this wine leads with tomato leaf, cocoa powder, herb, and not much fruit. In the mouth there's strong red fruit, mostly lively cherry and a hint of cranberry, but there's also a fair bit of herb and a hint of a violet floral component, licorice, ripe black cherry and a short goji and cranberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... ... Franc, Barbera, Merlot, Nebbiolo and others, are designated as DOC Terre di Franciacorta or Curtefranca. Franciacorta’s soil is glacial moraine with limestone and a chalky subsoil, ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Noir. Lake Iseo provides reflec... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

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