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Nebbiolo

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Named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), Nebbiolo is responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world and is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown 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.

Nebbiolo Tasting Notes

Nebbiolo is a dry red wine with velveteen tannins, mouthwatering acidity and a captivating perfume. Common characteristics of a well-made Nebbiolo wine can include roses, violets, licorice, sandalwood, spice box, 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 Nebbiolo Food 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 (a regional pasta), all perfect Nebbiolo wine foor pairings.

Sommelier Secrets for Nebbiolo

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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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996
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  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 1996  Front Label
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996 Front Label
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    Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996
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  • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996  Front Label
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    • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996 Front Label
      Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996
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    • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
      Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
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    • Cantina della Porta Rossa Barbaresco 1996  Front Label
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      • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1996 Front Label
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        • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 1996 Front Label
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        • Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 1996 Front Label
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        • Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna Big 1996 Front Label
          Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna Big 1996
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        • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 1996 Front Label
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        • Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1996 Front Label
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        • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 1996 Front Label
          Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 1996
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        • Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Perno Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano 1996 Front Label
          Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Perno Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano 1996
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        • Massolino Barolo Parafada 1996
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          • Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 1996  Front Label
            Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 1996
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          • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 1996 Front Label
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          • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 1996 Front Label
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          • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1996 Front Label
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          • Elio Grasso Barolo Runcot (stained label) 1996  Front Label
            Elio Grasso Barolo Runcot (stained label) 1996
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            • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996 Front Label
              Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996
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            • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto 1996  Front Label
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              • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996 Front Label
                Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996
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