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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  • In Piemonte, esp Barolo DOCG, nebbiolo is "only" grown on south facing sites because it is a late ripener and needs the longest growing season.  The rule of thumb is that it's planted in the spots where the snow melts first. so, since we're in the Northern Hemisphere, that means south facing.  As the market for Barolo has taken off, plantings ha... Read More

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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... the ... ... the vast majority is nebbiolo for Barolo.  When we tasted the Barolo wines, the first aroma out of the bottle was "poopy."  It wasn't brett IMO, and it blew off.  Once you got past that, the wines tended to be rounder and less hard than many others, I assume fro... Read More

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  • It would have been nice to have a few more folks, since we like to get together ... careless winemaking.  Nebbiolo will always have high acid and tannin, and it won't be for everyone, but if you like those kinds of things, along with incredible aromas, well, I like that kind of wine while it is still tasting of fruit, and the idea that the wine... Read More

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  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most ... ... opportunities to taste Nebbiolo from Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Muncagota, Ovello, Rabaja and Rio Sordo. The Riservas were produced in 2009, but Produttori del Barbaresco opted not to make them in 2010. It was determined that 2010 did not have enough consisten... Read More

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  • 2013 Andrea Oberto Langhe Nebbiolo. Infanticide that left me with guilt, regret and a dry tannic pucker laying like a cement slab over the herbed and mineral cherry fruit. My first time with this label. He's supposed to be a modernist, but maybe not so much so.After about six hours opened enough to make me think it does show true promise, and I'... Read More

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  • Well it's Nebbiolo so not exactly. Noticed the offer as well, and thought it slight hyperbole to call a Nebbiolo in bottle for a few years "optimal bottle age" Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine to soften it up, and there is certainl... Read More

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  • Yes, you sure know how to hit the low hanging fruit! I suppose we could do ... most are not mono varietal nebbiolo.Also finding Nebbiolo changes drastically even over a few Km's. Fox, hope you have a back up plan!&nbs Read More

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  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... is still Piemonte and still nebbiolo--even if it's called Spanna or something else. Gattinara/Ghemme/Carema/Lesona (all except the last I've posted on here) are just higher-altitude versions of the wine being made in Barolo and Barbaresco, and in several cases ar... Read More

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  • The Best Nebbiolo/Barolo has been compared to the finest Burgundy. Giacosa vs. DRC. - I do understand the relation and contrast/ comparison. Pinot fans will love 2007's and 2009's. Domaine De la Romanee Conti vs. Bruno's Finest.

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  • For all of my fellow Nebbiolo lovers out there, I just posted a 1996 Barolo Retrospective on my blog at the V.I.P. Table. If interested, here's the link; http://theviptable.blogspot.com/2010/12/1996-barolo-retrospective.html

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  • OMG the best kept secret. Shhhhhhhhh!

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • I found an excellent nebbiolo from L.A. Cetto in Baja California, on the region of Calafia valley. we found 2 big winneries, one from Domeq and the one from Cetto plus about 20 small winneries in the area, producing excelent wines, too bad we were only allowed one bottle per adult coming thru the border.

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  • Honestly, I saw this a couple of days ago and didn't say anything because I wanted to make sure it wasn't a mistake, but my order has been confirmed and the package has been shipped. The weight on the fedex tracking looks right. So I figure it's about time to share with my fellow Nebbiolo lovers..... Get it while you can, a $40 Barolo that dr...

    Comment by 92549Eric Guido 92549 Eric Guido


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