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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  • OK, I know I mentioned a trip to Colmar France in another thread but I may not ... ... and character.This is a Nebbiolo based red that is made in the Amarone style, hence the 15.5% abv, but didn't really show much heat.Finishing the spending spree was this Massolino Serralunga d'alba Barolo. This came highly recommended by the wine shop owner... Read More

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  • La Ganghija Nebbiolo d'Alba 2013


    Just what pure Nebbiolo should be about.Earthy, spicy and floral, with deep concentrated flavors, leather mint. long harmonius and good acid levels Read More

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  • Good metaphor, D.Grilled Ahi for me and Salmon for the rest of the family, but ... but ... and maybe a little Nebbiolo.&nbs Read More

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  • L.a. Cetto Nebbiolo Private Reserve 2012


    A great every day wine - full medium body with a robust 'nose' and a surprisingly long finish. Read More

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  • Nice, rckr. Speaking of California bigotry, I looked at my tasting notes ... to get good Sangiovese or Nebbiolo?  Sure, Syrah, Cab, we got that...)  His TNs track pretty closely, although he appears to have given France a try (6% of notes) without converting.  Good on him for waving the banner, but one of these days I will get him on a plane t... Read More

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  • Barolo may be Italy’s most famous red but surprisingly it hails from a ... autumns enabling the fickle Nebbiolo grape to achieve sunny ripeness. Tip; avoid Piemonte’s brass monkey winter! Barolo is produced from 100% Nebbiolo in eleven communes where generally two soil types rule, namely sandy marls found in the communes of Barolo, La Morra, C... Read More

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  • Can we go back to the Nebbiolo discussion?  Those timelines were all shortened so that the wineries could release wine to the market faster and recoup money, esp when Barolo and Barbaresco got spendy and trendy.  Yes, some changes in the winemaking tamed the wines so you could drink them earlier, and riper grapes have moved things in that direct... Read More

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  • "Wow.  That seems pretty spendy.  I look forward to a ... of bringing a Mexican Nebbiolo just to see what happened, but it wouldn't be fair. I will say though, that they seem to be OK with ZInfandel and oddly enough, even Tempranillo, if you're looking at the sub $10 level Read More

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  • OT - yeah but not always.Basic Barberesco has to get 26 months total age before ... ... of those need to be 100% Nebbiolo.Basic Roero needs 20 months with at least 6 in barrel, and the Riserva needs 32 months with at least 6 in barrel. It has to be at least 95% Nebbiolo.Basic Gattinara needs 35 months total age before release, with at least 24 ... Read More

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  • Consider the Barolo bottlings - used to be 5 - FIVE - years just to consider ... released.) but the straight Nebbiolo offerings are usually on the market in 3 years.  Hope that helps.  Paul                        2011 Fratelli Barale "Castellero" Barolo                                                                           &nbs Read More

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