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 Read more »

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  • Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna Cappella di Santo Stefano 2000


    Classic expression of Nebbiolo. Nary a trace of oak in sight, but so well supplemented by tannins that cling like newborn child to mother. Barnyard funky rose fruit fun awaits. Read More

    Wine review by cma238

  • It's a voluntary tasting Fox.I went to Piedmont to taste Nebbiolo and wound up tasting scores of wines that had no Nebbiolo whatsoever in them.  Restraint is not my strong suit.There are yet others that I have wanted to add but am showing some restraint.Restraint's not exactly your strong suit either. ;-)I have long wanted to do a blind of 2007 ... Read More

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  • Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Premier 2009


    Minty, geranium, tight, soil notes and huge sweet strawberry fruit come together on the nose. This is open if not terribly complex with very pretty hints of camphor. There's a lovely sweet edge to the crude, tight little tannins on the palate that persists through the delicate finish. The tannins are very ripe and fine grained here, and the fru... Read More

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  • Barbaresco Serra Boella Paitin Piedmont 2007


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  • Earlier this year I was able to spend a couple of weeks in Piedmont. Of course ... to the season. While I love Nebbiolo based wines , they are not necessarily an ideal summer wine, with their not inconsequential alcohol. Piedmont does of course have wines that are perfectly suited for summertime consumption, namely Barbera and Dolcetto.A few y... Read More

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  • Sorry to have missed it.  I'll give y'all a full rundown on the ... about the nebbiolo.  My take is that California may not be the place to grow it outside Italy, although I think there are one or two spots.  I mentioned to my brother in law who has the N. Carolina wine gifts website that the Piedmont of NC may have more in common with Piedmont... Read More

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  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs ... wines tonight but the 2011 Nebbiolo from Barboursville was not one of them. Blackberry, bramble, black cherry and white pepper notes abounded. Great tannic structure to this wine. Stood out in the crowd. Barboursville also had a 2008 Bordeaux Blend called Octago... Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • Antoniolo Gattinara San Francesco 2008


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  • "Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many ... for Big Al to the joys of nebbiolo!  ;-). You may live the rest of your life, Al, and maybe never see this many good bottles in one place. These may be my three 'favorite' producers to the extent that I've had more bottles from them than any other quality producer over the y... Read More

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