Wine Grape: Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo
About the Grape:

A grape that will ripen only in very specific climate and soil conditions and therefore, is almost exclusively grown in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. The unique terrior of Piedmont is not reproduced elsewhere, but a few producers have persisted with the variety in both Australia and California and have made some impressive wines.

About the Wine:

The most famous wine made with the Nebbiolo grape are Barolo and Barbaresco (sometimes called a baby-Barolo). These wines are very high in tannin and acidity when young, so winemakers typically will age a Barolo 6-10 years and a Barbaresco 3-5 years prior to release. Barbaresco wines typically cost $25 and up, while Borolos will typically above $45. Other wines made with Nebbiolo include Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d’Alba which can be found at much more approachable prices.

Wines made from Nebbiolo will have a lighter color density, similar to Pinot Noir. This often leads people to think the wine will have a lighter body and thus they are surprised by the intensity of structure and flavor when they taste it. The color of the wine is a characteristic brick-orange and is often darker at the rim. Aromas and flavors typical to Nebbiolo are prune, tar, chocolate, roses, and violets. Describing a wine as tasting like tar might not sound favorable, but when combined with the other aromas and flavors, it yields an exceptional experience.

Wines made with Nebbiolo have excellent aging potential with many Barolo winemakers recommending aging of 10 years or more.

The grape is used to make wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme (all of which are DOCGs in Piedmont). These lightly coloured red wines can be massively tannic in youth with intriguing scents of . As they age, the wines take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass. These wines often take years to become approachable as they require ageing to tame the tannins from the grapes.

Wine Examples:

Pugnane 2008 Villero – Pugnane Barolo

barbaresco 2012 Ceretto – Barbaresco

principe 2014 Il Principe – Nebbiolo

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