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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.

Tasting Notes for Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a dry red wine 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 Food Pairings for Nebbiolo

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 companions to Nebbiolo.

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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    • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva 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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      • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
        Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
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        • Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 1996 Front Label
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          • Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 1996 Front Label
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              • Brezza Barolo Classico 1996 Front Label
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                • Ceretto Barbaresco 1996 Front Label
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                    • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996 Front Label
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                        • Prunotto Barolo 1996 Front Label
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