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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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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2011
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    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2011
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    Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Barbaresco 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta 2011 Front Label
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  • Massolino Barolo 2011 Front Label
    Massolino Barolo 2011
    Nebbiolo from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2011
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    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2011
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    Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonnello Barolo Riserva 2011
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2011 Front Label
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin 2011 Front Label
    Gaja Sori Tildin 2011
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2011
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    Gaja Barbaresco 2011
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    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2011
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    Brovia Rocche di Castiglione Barolo 2011
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    Michele Chiarlo Cerequio Barolo 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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