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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is the grape behind the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines.


About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is an extreme grape that combines high acidity with lots of tannins. The wines need storage and a high level of alcohol to be consumable. However, Nebbiolo wines will never be completely soft.

Nebbiolo wines will usually need years of storage before the high tannin is reduced to a comfortable level. It develops storage flavors of truffles, leather, chocolate and tobacco.

These are wines that can be difficult to understand, and Nebbiolo wines should definitely be consumed with food. The acid and tannin form a structure that somehow melts into the food, and harmonize and balance the aromas of the wine.

The taste of Nebbiolo can remind you of a mixture of Pinot Noir and Syrah.


Nebbia = Fog

It is believed that "Nebbiolo" is derived from the Italian word "Nebbia" ("fog"). During harvest in October, an intense fog sets into the Langhe region where the vineyards are located. Or maybe it refers to the fog-like "dust" that forms over the berries as they reach maturity.


Nebbiolo DOCG Denominazioni

DOCG is Italy's highest wine classification

Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita

Barolo DOCG 1980Riserva
100% Nebbiolo

38+ Months Aged
18+ Months in Oak
20+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 13.0% Alcohol
100% Nebbiolo

62+ Months Aged
18+ Months in Oak
44+ Monts in Bottle

Minimum 13.0% Alcohol
Barbaresco DOCG 1980Barbaresco Riserva
100% Nebbiolo

26+ Months Aged
  9+ Months in Oak
17+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 12.5% Alcohol
100% Nebbiolo

50+ Months Aged
  9+ Months in Oak
41+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 12.5% Alcohol
Gattinara DOCG 1990Riserva
Min  90% Nebbiolo *
Max 10% Uva Rara **
Max   4% Vespolina

35+ Months Aged
24+ Months in Oak
11+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 12.5% Alcohol
Min  90% Nebbiolo *
Max 10% Uva Rara **
Max  4% Vespolina

47+ Months Aged
36+ Months in Oak
11+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 13.0% Alcohol
Ghemme DOCG 1997Riserva
Min  85% Nebbiolo *
Max 15% Uva Rara **
Max 15% Vespolina

36+ Months Aged
18+ Months in Oak
  6+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 12.0% Alcohol
Min  85% Nebbiolo *
Max 15% Uva Rara **
Max 15% Vespolina

48+ Months Aged
24+ Months in Oak
12+ Months in Bottle

Minimum 12.5% Alcohol

* Nebbiolo is locally known as Spanna

** Uva Rara is locally known as Bonarda di Gattinara

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