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Nebbiolo

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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 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015
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  • Gaja Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
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    Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2015
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2015 Front Label
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
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  • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2015 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2015
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