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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  • Azienda Agricola Cogno Montegrilli Nebbiolo Langhe 2014


    This shows some astringency in the glass with tart notes of cranberry and cherry with floral notes of violet and rose petal wrapped in dusty earth. This opens up nicely in the mouth, showing a tart approach with cranberry fruit and puckering acidity, balanced well by the gripping tannins and black pepper and cinnamon spice. This is still quite y... Read More

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  • Oh yeah, maybe Nebbiolo is too acidicPaso Robles would be a good region for dark colored wines, ditto for Chateneuf du Pape in France. Read More

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  • The last wine I got this sensation in was a 2012 Quivet Cabernet Sauvignon Las ... you tried Barolo, or Langhe Nebbiolo? 2012 Sandrone Nebbiolo d'alba might be one to try if you like big tannins and complex fruit character.Cheers, and welcome to the foru 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


    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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  • 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;

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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.

    Comment by 393561Baja wine lovers 393561 Baja wine lovers

  • 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...

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