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Nebbiolo

Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world ...

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piemontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. This finicky grape needs a very particular soil type and climate in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Tiny amounts are produced in Washington, Virginia, Mexico and Australia.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo at its best is an elegant variety with velveteen tannins, mouthwatering acidity and a captivating perfume. Common characteristcs of a well-made Nebbiolo can include roses, violets, licorice, sandalwood, spicebox, smoke, potpourri, black plum, red cherry and orange peel. Light brick in color, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best cuisine. The region is famous for its white truffles, wild boar ragu and tajarin pasta, all perfect companions to Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2003 Front Label
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2003 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2003
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2003 Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2003
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  • Gaja Sperss 2003 Front Label
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2003 Front Label
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    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2003
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  • Gaja Conteisa 2003 Front Label
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2003 Front Label
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  • Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo 2003 Front Label
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin 2003 Front Label
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  • La Spinetta Barolo Campe 2003 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barolo Campe 2003
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2003 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2003
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  • Ceretto Bricco Asili Barbaresco 2003 Front Label
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2003 Front Label
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