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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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  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2012 Front Label
    Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Elio Grasso Gavarini Vigna Chiniera Barolo 2012
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2012 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 Front Label
    Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2012 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2012
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    Prunotto Barolo 2012
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  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2012 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2012
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  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2012 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2012
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2012 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2012
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  • Ellena Giuseppe Barolo Ascheri Riserva 2012 Front Label
    Ellena Giuseppe Barolo Ascheri Riserva 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Bordini 2012 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Bordini 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (3 Liter) 2012 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (3 Liter) 2012
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    M. Marengo Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2012
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2012 Front Label
    Ceretto Barbaresco 2012
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2012 Front Label
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    Pio Cesare Barolo 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2012 Front Label
    Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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