Red Wine

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo, pronounced NEH-bee-oh-low, is such a unique variety. The name is derived from the Italian word Nebbia meaning fog.

Two theories for the name exist. The first that it refers to the fog that the vineyards of the Langhe are often immersed in. Second that the natural bloom that covers the grapes gives them a foggy appearance. Given the latter applies to most red grapes I prefer the former! There are 4 main clones of which Nebbiolo Lampia dominates over  Nebbiolo Michet, Rosé (now proven to be a different variety), and, Bolla.

Where is it grown?

Southern central and north Piemonte. The two big guns here are Barolo and Barbaresco. It is grown throughout the Langhe including the Roero, Asti, Carema, Biella, Novara and Vercelli. In Alto Piedmonte, it is known as Spanna, and, is often blended with Croatina and Vespolina. We have seen Giacomo Conterno buy Nervi in the Commune of Gattinara to produce wines in the region. It is also grown in the lower parts of the Valle d’Aosta where it is known as Picotendroi, and, Valtellina in Lombardy where it is called Chiavennasca among others.

What does it taste like?

The ultimate case of not judging a book by its cover, Nebbiolo, at first appears pale in colour, old wines can have the appearance of rusty tap water.

Then you smell it! The aroma of most red wines is dominated by fruit characters. In contrast, Nebbiolo’s aroma is typically a mix of complex secondary aromas, earthy, tarry, spice, rose, citrus peel, woody herbs like rosemary, liquorice, phenol, dark chocolate, tobacco, truffles, leather, and, dark cherry fruit, often more evident on the palate. You’ll see this difference immediately by comparing it two the other two main Piedmontese varieties Barbera and Dolcetto.

Good Nebbiolo has a core of fruit running the length of your tongue, along with layers of those same secondary characters. Nebbiolo’s grape tannins give it a distinct texture, that for those who have not tried it before can seem hard, and, unyielding. Look for the quality and depth of tannin.

Achieving well balance tannin, alcohol, and, acidity makes for great Nebbiolo.

More than most other Italian wines, Nebbiolo, demands food to be at its best. A little fat and salt, enhance the texture and bring out the flavours.

Check out all the articles in the Wine Bites Mag exploring Nebbiolo.

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Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+
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Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2020

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+

Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+
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Vietti ‘Perbacco’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

Two of the best value Neb's on the market have to be Vietti's Castiglione Barolo and this wine Vietti's Perbacco!
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Sandro Fay Valtellina Superiore Costa Bassa 2018

Loads of pleasure here, the harmony, and, the inviting, drink me, nature of the wine is just the beginning. It really has every thing in all the right places.
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Perfumed and dark with a with great presence on palate. Dusty chalky tannins matched with an excellent core of fruit!
$55
$53ea in any 3+
$51ea in any 6+

Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

The Perfect Way to Get an Early Read on the 2019 Vintage!
$55
$52ea in any 3+
$49ea in any 6+

Albino Rocca Nebbiolo d’Alba 2019

Excellent perfume, great delicacy with deceptive weight, sophisticated, feminine, long fine texture, slatey delicious tannins. Savoury dark edge. Delicious thirst quenching excellent elevage. Fun wine. Fine excellent cherries.
$55
$52ea in any 3+
$49ea in any 6+
Valmaggiore!

Giovanni Sordo Nebbiolo d’Alba 2016

A beautiful perfume, with fine dusty tannins, and, what I’ve discovered is Sordo’s hallmark, excellent élévage!
$56
$52ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Cascina Roccalini Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

When a young winery pop's up a little leg work is required to suss them out. Obviously, the most important thing is what's in the glass. Let's add the other bits of the equation though. The vineyards are right next to Olek Bondonio's joint, they used to supply their Neb to Dante Scaglione at Bruno Giacosa for ten years, and Dante helped them start their own venture. BOOM! Back to the vino. The starting point of their 3 wine range. Young vine Neb, destined to become Barbaresco when the vineyar
$56
$53ea in any 3+
$50ea in any 6+

Giovanni Sordo ‘Rapujè’ Langhe Rosso 2010

Langhe Rosso's make for Exceptional Drinking! This one from 2010 is Bang On!
$57
$54ea in any 3+
$51ea in any 6+
Valmaggiore!

Giovanni Sordo Nebbiolo d’Alba 2017

A beautiful perfume, with fine dusty tannins, and, what I’ve discovered is Sordo’s hallmark, excellent élévage!
$58
$55ea in any 3+
$52ea in any 6+

Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

100% Serralunga Langhe Neb ... BOOM!
$58
$55ea in any 3+
$52ea in any 6+

Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

Perfumed energetic red fruits. Dusty chalky tannins matched with an excellent core of fruit!
$59
$56ea in any 3+
$53ea in any 6+

Praeter Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

La Morra Fruit from the Vineyards of Luigi Oddero!
$61
$58ea in any 3+
$55ea in any 6+
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Fratelli Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Prinsiòt’ 2018

Trying Langhe Neb's made with fruit from just one Commune is a great way to dial into the characteristics of that Commune
$61
$57ea in any 3+
$53ea in any 6+