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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  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so much on the varietals- but specific wines/vintages if you have any favorites to share.I crave the darkest, inkiest wines that you can only drink with good friends (or alone haha) because your mouth turns purple. I tend to prefer dark fruits over red, full body, fruit for... Read More

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  • Settled for a very generic Salice Salentino last night.  We'll drink ... been my fall back for young Nebbiolo for a few vintages, although I found some non-DOCG last summer and a Gattinara that fit the bill, too.  I'm probably a little unusual in liking young Nebbiolo but I could sub it in for lesser Pinots pretty regularl Read More

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  • Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino 2010

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    Highly floral notes with tomato leaf, a fair bit of heat and earthy notes of clay and tar. The fruit comes in more on the palate, with tart cranberry, red currant and cherry notes, loamy earth and dusty clay, with potent acidity and spice coming through the back of the palate and onto the finish. Tannins add a bit of texture here, especially on ... Read More

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  • Going back to that 2005 Talty, Mike gave me one of those a few years ago to ... a while since I've had nebbiolo, old or young.  So that's kind of talking to me.  I'll try to get online and report bac Read More

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  • If you want to do Nebbiolo at a price, Ghemme (Cantalupo is my go to) is safe and there's Valtellina and Gattinara, of course, and some stuff from outside the DOCGs.  But we were talking about special bottles.  I think it would be hard to find a palate that didn't approve of Monprivato--sure, lots of tannins and acids, but somehow Mauro Mascarel... Read More

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  • And you can always get some Barbera, which can age well and which will be a lot ... ... usually it will be. And Nebbiolo is made in other areas as well, so depending on what you're looking for, you can buy a few bottles of something from Valtellina or Gattinara, both of which can produce very nice NebbioloBut you know, D had a point about nort... Read More

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  • Of course you can go wrong, MM!  You can buy overpriced modernist Barolo ... ... well, only a little like Nebbiolo.  There's my prejudice. He's in LA.  Wally's has a pretty nice selection of Barolo, if I recall. Woodland HIlls Wine Company, too.  He could get something with a little age at one of those.  I also like the idea of two bottles, wh... Read More

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  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Conca Barolo 2009

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    Had it at Lu Nello's. Delicious!!! Read More

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  • And northern California secessionists have repeatedly wanted to have Santa ... ... ... and maybe even Piedmont nebbiolo, as Greg also seems to feel. But then a special bottle of Barolo as discussed here might just offer up that moment of epiphany to the recipient that I had with my first bottle or two of decent Barolo (interestingly enough fi... Read More

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  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... even three) bottles of good nebbiolo from Barbaresco (or Barolo, especially with Chambers Street's offerings) within your budget. Chambers Street in New York is a much better option than Total Wine for well selected and even aged bottles of wine from the Piedmont, a... Read More

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