Vinous Grape Guide: Nebbiolo

From child friendly grape juices to the wines that fill the glasses at the adults only table, grapes are vital components of our favorite beverages. If you are curious about the individual grapes that lead to our beloved bottles, then you should check out the Vinous Grape Guide . The Guide not only highlights the color and the weight of these popular grapes, but also gives a brief background on what the grape is and where it can be found. Today's star grape: Nebbiolo! Nebbiolo is the grape found in Barolo and Barbaresco. La Festa del Barolo is just around the corner. This Vinous event brings together growers, wine lovers from around world and dozens of top sommeliers for a weekend event that is the ultimate Barolo experience. Check out the details about this red grape below as well as tasting notes from the Delectable community! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Color: Red Weight: Medium to Full Name Origins: There are two potential origins for the name of this well-known grape. 1) Nebbiolo derives from the Italian word "nebbia" meaning fog. This is attributed to the grape's bloom that gives it the appearance of being foggy. 2) Nebbiolo comes from the Italian word "nobile" meaning noble. Where: Piedmont in Northern Italy, most notably Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero and Gattinara, as well as Valtellina in Lombardy. What: Extraordinary aromatic presence, finely sculpted fruit and firm beams of tannin are the backbone of Nebbiolo-based wines. Rose petal, tar, cherry, plum, licorice are some of the many signatures. The best wines are capable of extraordinary development in bottle. Pairings: Lamb, Goose, Potato, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Beef, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Veal, White Rice, Herbs, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Pork, Game, Exotic Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic

Cantina Ar.Pe.Pe.

Riserva Rocce Rosse Sassella Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2001

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Fragrant red berries, fading flowers, dried herbs and slatey minerality intermingles in this aged yet very vivid mountain Nebbiolo expression. Elegant palate offering a mature mouthfeel with resolved yet present tannins and fresh acidity. Lingering finish. Gorgeous wine! — 5 years ago

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Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2014

Today's wine we opened was the 2014 Gaja Barbaresco. This wine is everything you would expect from the Gaja family wineries and from Barbaresco in the Piedmont region of Italy.

The nose has wonderful rich red fruit of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, currant, licorice, spice and dusty earth.

The palate has an elegant finesse of red fruits, maraschino cherry, red raspberry, strawberry, red currant, spice, licorice, a hint of pepper and rich earth.

This wine is medium bodied that is well balanced with medium + acidity and medium + fine grained tannins that lead to a long fruit filled finish. Have a wonderful weekend and please be safe with all the weather that is happening around the country. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 5 years ago

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Eric Urbani

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Such a pretty color
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Nice scene 😊

Marchesi di Barolo

Barolo Nebbiolo 2010

Drinking nicely but will be even better in 5-10 more years. Enjoyed with crab au gratin (rich enough to stand up next to this) and steak. — 5 years ago

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Alberto Marsetti

Grumello Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2013

Lyle Fass

Wow: what a wine. Huge step up in depth, body and complexity from the Rosso 2016. Epic old school Nebbiolo nose of tar, roses, high toned mid season cherry. Old library and book aromas. Smells like a old academic’s study. Awesome. Palate is deep, rich and so so pure. Wow. Super explosive and rich fruit (2013!!) and incredible layered depth. Such length and persistence with deep red and black cherry fruit and terrific freshness. Really high quality tannins here. Brilliant. — 5 years ago

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G.D. Vajra

Bricco delle Viole Barolo Nebbiolo 2008

Sublime nose, I could smell it for hours. Beautiful mouthfeel, long finish. Delivered what was expected! Compared to last time a serious step forward! — 5 years ago

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Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2015

For the money, this is my favourite Barbaresco as it always delivers @ a great price and the latest 2015 doesn’t disappoint either at £30 😉 Drink well young as these do but will get better 👍 A vintage not to miss!

📍 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2015

🍇 Nebbiolo

🏵 92 points

🍷 Clear ruby cherry

👃 Earthy spiced red cherry, red flower potpourri, wood/tobacco smoke & leather w/ red berry fruits, herbs, blackberry, date & a hint of tar expressed in a Zalto Burgundy glass

👄 Med body of smooth red cherry & berry fruits w/ a touch of earthy blackberry

🎯 Long earthy red fruit explosion w/ a blackberry twist w/ very light subtle fine dry tannin then a hint of black olive oil 😁

— 5 years ago

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Frank Colonna

Frank Colonna

Outstanding value, love this producer.

La Ca' Nova

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2011

Pleasantly surprised. Very nice structure, very light in color, gorgeous nose. Nothing overpowering yet the essence of this wine blossoms and please sthe senses. — 5 years ago

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Renato Corino

Arborina Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Big wine with a decidedly masculine energy. Heavy duty minerality, licorice, creosote, resinous herb character and tons of dried rose petal. Tannins are more pronounced with air. This beast needs another 5 years in bottle. Going to be a badass. — 5 years ago

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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Monprivato Cà d'Morissio Riserva Barolo Nebbiolo 1997

Recovering from a horrendous cold that I’m pretty sure I got from walking the streets of Paris last week, I decided to venture out for a “treat yourself” Monday night dinner back in Chicago.

You know that song lyric that goes, “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets”? Well, not in my case. I did want a French wine solely based on nostalgia, but settled on an Italian in a French restaurant.

With one nostril passage opened, I was able to get a very overpowering bouquet of tar (which by the way has been on my bucket list of aromatics to smell- so happy I can cross that off), earth floor, mushrooms, cedar and a bit of menthol.

Tannins are very much soft and nonexistent in this bottle- full bodied with high acidity. Medium garnet color, which was surprising based on the age. I didn’t find this as complex as some Barolos I’ve had in the past, but still found it very enjoyable. On the palate, a very surprising sweet ripeness of red plum that doesn’t linger long on the tongue. Overall- not bad for a Monday.
— 5 years ago

Giancarlo, Colin and 8 others liked this

Giuseppe Rinaldi

Brunate - Le Coste Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

Fantastic! Melted road tar, rose petals... absolutely knock out aromatics...gun smoke, Flint, pipe tabacco and powdered stone. This is a gorgeous bottle of Rinaldi!

Although young, this is soooo sexy right!!
— 6 years ago

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