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: Langhe including Verduno, Roero, Ast, Carema, Biella, Novara and Vercelli. In Alto Piedmonte’s Gattinara, it is known as Spanna, we have seen Giacomo Conterno buy Nervi to produce wines in this 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.
The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!Try something new!$29ea in any 6+, $28ea in any 12+ $30.00 More Info
Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
A Baby Neb from the Family that Brought us the 8 Cru's, Sordo! This is your New House Neb!$37ea in any 3+, $34ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
Gioso Nebbiolo d’Alba 2016
Perfumed and dark with a with great presence on palate. Dusty chalky tannins matched with an excellent core of fruit!$40ea in any 3+, $38ea in any 6+ $42.00 More Info
Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo 2017
Vietti's Barbera d'Alba makes a wonderful comparison with the Barbera d'Asti. The 2017 Barberas are delicious drinking!$43ea in any 3+, $40ea in any 6+
Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vigne 2017
Two of the best value Neb's on the market have to be Vietti's Castiglione Barolo and this wine Vietti's Perbacco!Get Ahead of the Curve!$44ea in any 3+, $41ea in any 6+
Vietti ‘Perbacco’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2017
There are people that like wine, there are people that like Nebbiolo & then there are Neb-Heads that live, breath, and, dream the stuff!10 Year Cellar Release!$46ea in any 3+, $44ea in any 3+ $48.00 More Info
Arrivo Nebbiolo 2007
An Aussie in Piedmont! Dave Fletcher's making cracking Nebbiolo in Australia & Italy!Nebbiolo!$45ea in any 3+, $42ea in any 6+ $48.00 More Info
Fletcher Nebbiolo d’Alba 2018
This is one of the best Langhe Neb's I've seen from Vajra!$46ea in any 3+, $43ea in any 6+ $49.00 More Info
Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2017
A Langhe Nebb made from young vine Rabajà .. Yes it's true!$50ea in any 3+, $48ea in any 6+ $52.00 More Info
Giuseppe Cortese Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
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.$51ea in any 3+, $48ea in any 6+ $54.00 More Info
Sandro Fay Valtellina Superiore Costa Bassa 2016
A beautiful perfume, with fine dusty tannins, and, what I’ve discovered is Sordo’s hallmark, excellent élévage!Valmaggiore!$52ea in any 3+, $48ea in any 6+ $56.00 More Info
Giovanni Sordo Nebbiolo d’Alba 2017
An excellent introduction to the Nebbiolo's of Luigi Oddero. Beautifully made.$62ea in any 3+, $59ea in any 6+ $65.00 More Info
Figli Luigi Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
The first vintage of this wine was made in 1925! You might say they've had some practice!$62ea in any 3+, $59ea in any 6+ $65.00 More Info
Rainoldi Superiore DOCG Inferno 2016
- $64ea in any 3+, $61ea in any 6+ $67.00 More Info
Giovanni Canonica Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
With Roberto's Cru wines reaching prices exceeding $400 a bottle, it's great to have the chance to try his Nebbiolo at a fraction of the price!Enticing with bags of Personality!$67ea for 3+, $64ea for 6+ $70.00 More Info
Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Disanfrancesco’ 2015
Get a sneak peak into 2016 Barolo with the Langhe Neb's. With Roberto's Cru wines reaching prices exceeding $400 a bottle, it's great to have the chance to try his Nebbiolo at a fraction of the price!Stunning!$63ea in any 3+, $56ea in any 6+ $70.00 More Info
Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Disanfrancesco’ 2016
This is probably the last vintage of Langhe Nebbiolo as, from next year, grapes will be finally old enough & ready to be Barbaresco.$66ea in any 3+, $62ea in any 6+ $70.00 More Info
Olek Bondonio Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
Grace under pressure. The purity, line & length, and, expression of this wine are exceptional.Pinot-esque!!$68ea in any 3+, $64ea in any 6+ $72.00 More Info
Sandro Fay Valgella Valtellina Superiore Riserva Carteria 2013
Arguably Australia's Best Nebbiolo & a Cellar Release with 10years on it!10 Year Cellar Release!$69ea in any 3+, $66ea in any 3+ $72.00 More Info
Arrivo Nebbiolo ‘Lunga Macerazione’ 2007
The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!🇮🇹Bravo Isabella!👏🏻$70ea in any 3+, $67ea in any 6+ $73.00 More Info
Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso 2015