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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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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997
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  • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 1997
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997
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  • Parusso Barolo Piccolo Vigne 1997 Front Label
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1997
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  • Gaja Conteisa 1997  Front Label
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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1997
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1997 Front Label
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 1997 Front Label
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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1997
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 1997 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 1997
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1997
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1997 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1997
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni 1997 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Ciabot Manzoni 1997
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1997 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1997
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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi (1.5L Magnum) 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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