Nebbiolo is a grape that grows in the foggy hills of Langhe in Piemonte.
Nebbiolo wines are known to be high in acidity, tannins, and alcohol:
Nebbiolo tastes something between Pinot Noir and Syrah, and the smell of the wine is an important part of the consumer enjoyment:
Sour Red Berries. Wild Cherry. Cranberries.
Flowers. Rose Petals. Violets.
Dried Herbs. Truffle. Leather. Tar.
Chocolate. Coffee. Tea. Tobacco.
Piedmont Cuisine. International.
Game. Rabbit. Wild Boar. White Truffle.
Mushroom Dishes. Mushroom Pizza.
Pasta or Risotto with Truffle.
Mature Cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano. Pecorino Vecchio.
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.
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.
Most notable regions:
The shape of the glass does in fact change the taste of the wine!
The Bordeaux glass is the perfect gass for full bodied red wines like:
The Bordeaux glass is taller than other red wine glasses. It also has a slimmer bowl.
The slimmer bowl has the function of sending the wine directly to the back of the mouth for a maximum taste.