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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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  • Gaja Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gianni Voerzio La Serra Barolo 1999 Front Label
    Gianni Voerzio La Serra Barolo 1999
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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999 Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999
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    • Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999 Front Label
      Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999
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    • Gaja Conteisa 1999  Front Label
      Gaja Conteisa 1999
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    • Travaglini Gattinara 1999 Front Label
      Travaglini Gattinara 1999
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      • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1999 Front Label
        Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1999
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      • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1999 Front Label
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        • Gaja Costa Russi 1999  Front Bottle Shot
          Gaja Costa Russi 1999
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        • Damilano Barolo Riserva 1999 Front Label
          Damilano Barolo Riserva 1999
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        • Borgogno Barolo 1999 Front Label
          Borgogno Barolo 1999
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        • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 1999
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        • Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999 Front Label
          Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999
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        • Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1999
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          • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1999 Front Label
            Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1999
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            • Vietti Barolo Brunate 1999 Front Label
              Vietti Barolo Brunate 1999
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              • Albino Rocca Vigneto Loreto Barbaresco 1999
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              • Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglia 1999 Front Label
                Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglia 1999
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              • Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1999 Front Label
                Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1999
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                • Prunotto Barolo 1999 Front Label
                  Prunotto Barolo 1999
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                • Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 1999 Front Label
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                • Ceretto Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
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                  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 1999  Front Label
                    Marcarini Barolo Brunate 1999
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                    • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 1999 Front Label
                      La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 1999
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                    • Montaribaldi Montaribaldi Barbaresco Sori Montaribaldi (stained label) 1999 Front Label
                      Montaribaldi Montaribaldi Barbaresco Sori Montaribaldi (stained label) 1999
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