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Monday, October 20, 2008

Nebbiolo

Origin: Italy - Lombardy
Other Names: Spanna, Picutener, Chiavennasca

The name Nebbiolo is thought to be derived from the Piedmontese word nebbia which means fog. It is a thin skinned grape used in making such wines as Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, and Ghemme. They tend to be very light colored wines with massive structure and tannin in their youth. As they age they take on a brick-like huge and the aromas become intense and floral. Violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes are just some of the complex flavor and aroma profiles that these wines encompass. Wines made from Nebbiolo tend to demand high prices because they are highly sought after but not widely planted and are very hard to manage. Only in very precise locations of the world can this grape be effectively cultivated ie. Piedmonte.Through genetic testing Vouillamoz and Schneider at UC Davis recently found Nebbiolo to be related to other Italian grape varieties: Nebbiolo Rose, Freisa, Negrera, Rossola, Vespolina and Bubbierasco.
 
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