Piedmont Nebbiolo

Ferdinando Principiano

Boscareto Barolo Nebbiolo 2011

Another Nebb I was forced to pay attention to as it was paired with one of the courses during dinner. Bigger than the 14' Cascina Fontana - perhaps even the biggest red of the night, but somewhat not unexpected for the vintage. Nevertheless, it's still elegant and polished. Palate was full of dry sweet red fruit and spice, balanced by a clean racy finish and dense minerality. Nose was driven by sweet berry notes, some orange oil, leather, pepper, dried herbs, balsamic. Gripping tannins. Muscular, but finessed. A momentous effort. As expected of CW's choice!

NB: Macerated for 30 days and then aged in large Slavonian Oak (20 HL to 40 HL) for two years, followed by two more years in the bottle. Annual production is usually around 4000 bottles. The write-ups on Chambers St Wines and Vinhulen are nice reads - Ferdinando's change from modern to traditional, to eschewing chemicals in the vineyard and even letting the undergrowth run wild, to the "greatness" of Boscareto. Excellent discovery!
— 7 days ago

Alex, Ira and 11 others liked this

Pio Cesare

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2012

Back in Milan...

Beautiful color, light red with a pink orange rim.

Drank this way too soon/fast (no decant).

Beautiful floral aromas, a welcome home to the north. Licorice underneath. Medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol (with the nice burn).

Tannins are at medium. Finish of cherry.

94+ points
— 7 days ago

Dr., Kimberly and 9 others liked this


Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Provides the stereotypical essence of Nebbiolo . Sottomano, to me is one of the best producers of Nebbiolo in Barbaresco. Plenty of cherry, underbrush and dried roses and violets. Ample tannins are matched by plenty of acidity. — 6 days ago

Mike, Vanessa and 2 others liked this

Cascina Fontana

Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

Now this I paid attention to. Mainly because I was forced to - being paired with the duck course - but also because it was quite brilliant. Needs a decant though to open up that nose. Very rosey, red cherry driven, with some spicy, savoury intrigue (balsamic vinegar, mint, rosemary, liquorice, mushroom, a little game) and maybe some oak (hint of vanilla?). Like the other Nebb's in the dinner, the palate's elegant, but I guess that's the only way CW would have it. Some might call it light even, but for me, it's got great presence and makes it the more drinkable Nebb during the night. Again red fruits, orange oil, smoke, earth, tabacco leaf, mineral. Long finish with a very refined structure.

NB: From BBR - Mario decided not to make a Barolo del Comune di Castiglione Falletto in the 2014 vintage, so this is very much a “super-Barolo”, with a higher percentage of Castiglione Falletto (75 percent) than in 2013 when it made up 60 percent. The remaining 25 percent comes from their La Morra Giachino vineyard.
— 10 days ago

P, Alex and 22 others liked this

Ugo Lequio

Gallina Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2013

The wine of the night for the most people. Beat giacosa Ashli blind. Tasted blind. Nose mint. Palate early season and medium cherry fruit. Early season cherry Fresh. Grippy. Juicy. Spicy. Finish is grippy. — 3 days ago

Severn, Tom and 2 others liked this

Arcostanzo Battista & Figli

Barolo Nebbiolo 1964

Surprisingly alive and fresh. Quite savory with notes of flowers, dried fruit, mushrooms, and a hint of balsamic. Beautiful silky texture. It even improved over the course of a couple of hours. — 3 days ago

Severn, Adam and 17 others liked this


Occhetti Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016

Last night, early am flight back to Miami. Not going out with a big bang but instead one final solid bottle of Nebbiolo.

Lightly fragrant, high acidity, dry, 14 ABV.

NOTE: As a statistician, I suspect that my ratings while in Italy may have a built in +0.1 upward bias (e.g., an enhancement due to the experience of being there). With more data, I can test this via regression.

90 points
— 6 days ago

Robert, Dr. and 5 others liked this

Olek Bondonio

Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

I thought this was the weakest of the Nebb during the night. Having said that, it was pure and balanced. Just lacking the stuffing of the others around it. Would drink it anyday!

NB: This is a declassified Barbaresco Straderi because Olek was in trouble with cash flow while finishing the construction of the new cellar; he decided to release this gem one year earlier! Long maceration in cement, aged in a large slavonian botte.
— 8 days ago

Rick, Aravind and 9 others liked this


Castiglione Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

First taste of a 2015. This is everything I hope for in Nebbiolo. Rose accented red fruit aromatics. Subtle power with texture and structure. Great with mixed grill meats. One of my favorite wines. — a day ago

Jae, Eric and 32 others liked this


Masseria Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2014

Tasted blind. Nose cherry flower and spice. Palate. Spice. Grippy cherry. Fresh cherry fruit. Silly tamarins. Nice spice finish with hint of cherry licorice. — 3 days ago

Severn, Tom and 1 other liked this