Cards of Wine

Nebbiolo (Italy)

Nebbiolo is a red wine grape from the foggy hills of Langhe in Piemonte.

Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco wines are made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes.

Typical Flavors

The Nebbiolo grape tastes something between Pinot Noir and Syrah, and the smell of the wine is an important part of the consumer enjoyment:


Cherry
Sour
Cherry
Cherry
Wild
Cherry
Cranberry
Cranberry
Herbs
Herbs

Violets
Violet
Rose
Red Rose
Licorice
Licorice
Spice
Spice

Sour Red Cherry, Wild Cherries, and Cranberries are typical Nebbiolo flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Flowers, Licorice or Anise, and Spices.

Oak added Flavors

Oak
Tar
Mushroom
Mushroom
Truffle
Truffle
Chocolate
Chocolate

Coffee
Coffee
Spices
Spices
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Profile

Nebbiolo wines are full-bodied with strong acidity and high tannins:

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium plus
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperatures:
16-17°C (61-63°F)
17-18°C (63-64°F) Riserva / Barolo

Food Pairing


Truffle
Truffle
Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Pizza
Rich Pizza

Charcuterie
Charcuterie
Salami
Salami
Duck
Duck
Goose
Goose

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Ox
Meat

Rabbit
Rabbit
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Deer
Hamburger
Hamburger

Nebbiolo is a powerful red wine. It pairs best with strong flavor dishes.

A classic pairing is white truffles, as Nebbiolo mirrors the earthy, gamey quality of the truffles.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Truffle and Mushroom Dishes.
Risotto with Truffle. Mushroom Pizza.
Pasta with strong Tomato or Truffle Sauce.
Rich Charcuterie. Salami.
Rich Stews. Beef Stew. Ragù. Stroganof.
Meat Pie. Shepherd's Pie.
Duck Brest. Confit. Roast Goose.
Game. Rabbit. Wild Boar. Deer.
Roasted Beef. Lamb. Veal. Liver.
Read Meat. Fillet Steak.

Cheese:
Old Cheese. Mature Cheese. Hard Cheese.
Parmigiano Reggiano. Pecorino Vecchio.
Aged Cheddar.

Piemonte Spesialities:
Risotto al Tartufo Bianco (White Truffles).
Carne Cruda (Beef Tartare).
Manzo Stufato alla Piemontese (Beef Stew).
Osso Buco (Veal Shanks braised with Vegetables).
Stufato di Coniglio (Rabbit Stew).

If You Like Nebbiolo

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

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.

Vineyard

DOCG Regions

Most notable DOCG regions:

(Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Red Wines:

Barbera
Barbaresco
Barolo
Dolcetto
Nebbiolo
Brachetto
Gattinara
Vespolina

White Wines:

Arneis
Cortese di Gavi
Favorita
Timorasso
Rossese
Moscato d'Asti

Primary Grapes:

Barbera (30%)
Moscato (20%)
Dolcetto (15%)
Nebbiolo (10%)

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions: