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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red grape variety native to Italy's Piedmont region, known for its complex, tannic and age-worthy wines. It is best known for producing Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines, as well as several other DOC wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Because of the low pigmentation of the skin, Nebbiolo wine has a light to medium ruby color. With age, it evolves towards garnet with brownish hue. Nebbiolo stands out by its unique aromas of rose, tar, and truffle. On the palate, it has a complex flavors of tart cherries and wild berries, with notes of leather, tar, and earth. It is known for the high alcohol content, with vibrant aicidity and drying tannins.

Fresh Nebbiolo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Piedmont is the home of Nebbiolo, in the prestigeous subzones of Barolo and Barbaresco in Langhe area. Nebbiolo is also found in the north part of Piedmont region, notebly Gattinara. In Italy, another region known for Nebbiolo wine is Valtellina in Lombardy. With its growing popularity, Nebbiolo is planted in New World countries like USA, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa in small quantities. Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety, and is one of the most difficult grapes to grow. Its thin skin makes it susceptible to rot and mildew, and it is also demanding in terms of soil and climate. In the cellar, the extraction of color and tannin is crucial to Nebbiolo, for its low-pigmented but highly tannic skin. Nebbiolo is mainly used to make single varietal wines, however, examples of blends can be found in Piedmont, along with Barbera or international varieties. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is known for producing some of the world's greatest wines. Barolo and Barbaresco are the two classic expressions of Nebbiolo. Both of them demostrate the aromas of wild berries, tar, roses, and earthy notes of Nebbiolo. Barolo is structured, powerful and fuller-bodied, some are even unapproachable in their youth, while Barbaresco is more accessible, with lighter tannins and less austerity. Fruity, easy-drinking version of Nebbiolo made in or close to Barolo and Barbaresco zone is labelled as Langhe Nebbiolo. Outside Piedmont, Valtellina in the region of Lombardy produces Nebbiolo in dry red wine, as well as in an Amarone-like, rich and intense red wine made from raisiny grapes, called Sforzato di Valtellina. Nebbiolo wines are best served with Piedmontese specialties such as truffle, braised beef or rabbit, game, and mushroom risotto. The tannins in the wine will help to cut through the richness of the food, while the acidity will help to refresh the palate.

Foods to pair with Nebbiolo:

Pasta
Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Nebbiolo
Nebbiolo is the Italian word for “fog”, and it’s believed that the grape got its name from the thick mist that often covers the hills of Piedmont in the autumn months when the grapes are ripening.

Top Wines with Nebbiolo

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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco

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This Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco is an Italian red wine from the Barbaresco DOCG zone in the Piedmont region. Made from Nebbiolo grapes, this wine has a ruby red color with a deep garnet hue. On the nose, it has intense aromas of ripe red fruit, violets, and spices. On the palate, the wine is well-structured and balanced with berry flavors and aromas of licorice, tar, and tobacco. The long finish is pleasantly warm and persistent. This Barbaresco is a great example of the Nebbiolo grape and is a must-have for any wine enthusiast.
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Fontanafredda Barolo

Fontanafredda

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Fontanafredda Barolo is a classic Italian red wine made from Nebbiolo grapes. This full-bodied wine has a deep ruby color and complex aromas of cherry, licorice, tar, and dried herbs. On the palate, it offers ripe tannins, balanced acidity, and a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this wine with braised lamb, roast beef, or aged cheeses.
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Prunotto Barolo

Prunotto

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Prunotto Barolo is a full-bodied Italian red wine produced in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. With its intense cherry and floral aromas, the wine displays a deep ruby colour and flavours that are earthy and spicy. On the palate, the tannins are firm yet well-balanced, with concentrated black fruit and chocolate notes. It pairs excellently with roasted game or aged cheeses.
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This Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione is a rich, full-bodied red wine from the legendary Barolo region of Italy. Aromas of dried cherries, rose petals, and baking spices are complemented by flavors of blackberry, licorice, and hints of tobacco. On the palate, the tannins are soft and supple, providing a smooth and elegant finish. Enjoy this complex and expressive Barolo now or age it for up to five years.
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G.D. Vajra Albe Barolo

G.D. Vajra

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G.D. Vajra's Albe Barolo is a truly remarkable expression of the Nebbiolo grape. This vintage is bursting with intense aromas of ripe red fruit, rose petals, and a hint of earthiness. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, with chewy tannins that lead to a long and juicy finish. The complexity of flavors makes it a perfect companion to hearty meats, as well as rich and flavorful cheeses. Enjoy this Barolo now or cellar it for a few years to experience its complexity to the fullest.
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