Subdued fruity flavours and smokey aftertaste. — 2 years ago
Full bodied and smooth — 3 years ago
Big and bold. Delicious! — 3 years ago
Dark fruit, more complex tanins but still on the east drinking side. Good with tomato sauces. — 13 days ago
Light red with good flavor — 3 years ago
#Nebbiolo is a surprisingly rare grape. Even in its native Piedmont, it accounts for only 8% of vineyard land. There are fewer than 100 hectares planted in the United States. 🕵️♂️🍇
Over 80% of prewar Italian immigrants came from Sicily and Southern Italy. Piedmont was the wealthiest and most politically dominant region. But if fortunes were reversed, could Nebbiolo have taken Primitivo/Zinfandel’s place as a grape relatively uncommon on the boot but dominant in California? 🤔🇮🇹🇺🇸
Probably not. The Nebbiolo vine is *not* for beginners. It flowers early and ripens late, making it susceptible to both spring and autumn frosts. It loves the occasional fog bath (some say the name is derived from ‘nebbia’, Italian for fog ☁️☁️☁️) but is prone to the mildew that may result from such humid conditions. Its fussiness would make Pinot Noir blush: it demands southwesterly exposure, a proper gradient, constant sun above, and fog licking at its toes. #diva
Sound anything like California’s Central Coast? 🌅
In the Santa Maria Valley, where the East-West Transverse Range bends back into the North-South Coastal Range, it’s possible. Vineyard selection still requires extreme discretion - an eye like @JimClendenen’s, perhaps.
Jim began the Nebbiolo program at the legendary #BienNacido vineyard in 1994. Production is small, but if you track down his “The Pip” Nebbiolo, it will only run you about $30. You’ll believe anything is possible when you have real California Nebbiolo of this quality come wafting out of the glass at you! 🙌🙌
🏞.“The Pip” is named after Jim’s old cellar dog Pip, a border collie. So it only seemed right to include one of our own pips! 🐈 — 3 years ago
Really like it!
Great flavor easy to drink — 3 years ago
Located on a north-east slope, the 10.32 hectares grow on Fronsac molasse covering a layer of sand with a clay subsoil. Deep Ruby with aromas of dark berries and floral notes. A blend of 90% Merlot & 10% Cab Franc, aged in 45% new oak. On the palate black cherry and strawberry flavors with notes of cacao, licorice and smoke. Fine grainy tannins, medium+ finish, ending with subtle oak character. Tasting Sample. — 3 years ago