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The descriptors "tar and roses" are often used to describe wine made from Nebbiolo. An odd
combination perhaps, but accurate. Wine made from this grape can seem overly tannic
and acidic when young, but as velvety as rose petals when mature. It's a grape
with the toughness of tar and earth, yet with a soft, floral character keeping
it balanced. Many winemakers create approachable-while-young wines
from Nebbiolo, like Nebbiolo d'Alba. These affordable representations of Nebbiolo
can be quite delicious and give the drinker a preview of the intricacies and
complexity that a mature Barolo/Barbaresco can provide.
Summing it up
Successful Sites:Piedmont and other Northern Italy
Tar, roses, violets, blackberry, wild cherry, truffles