Best Nebbiolo Wine

Nebbiolo is a red wine grape from the Northern Italian region of Piedmont. Nebbiolo makes the classic

wines of Italy, Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as Gattinara, Ghemme and Nebbiolo D'Alba. Compared to other Italian grapes, Nebbiolo buds early and ripens late with harvesting taking place mid to late October.

The Nebbiolo grape produces lighter style red wines that can be highly tannic in youth with aromas of tar and roses. Prolonged aging is essential to mellow this wine and soften tannins. Aromas such as violets, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, prunes, and tobacco emerge with aging, but this can take decades.

My reviews of these Nebbiolo red wines are updated weekly. These Nebbiolo red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Nebbiolo wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Nebbiolo in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

 



 

Batasiolo Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2005
D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy
I like this! Juicy, mouth-watering and pleasantly acidic, this wine has lovely tart cherries and plums. Smokey and satisfyingly long. Full-bodied and supple. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $33.95 Score: 89/100

This Nebbiolo was reviewed July 4, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 37051  Check Stock
BC: 535062  196 in stock
 

Gaya Nebbiolo 2004
Barbaresco
In 1856 the Gaja's opened a small tavern in the town of Barbaresco. Here they started to serve their own wines to complement the food. The success of the winery came through the four generations of Gaja's, with each generation improving the quality of wines. It changed drastically when Angelo joined the family business in 1961. He did this by stopping buying grapes from other local farmers, reducing the yields, identifying the best Barbaresco vineyards and vinifying and bottling them separately. A perfectly delicious, robust red redolent of violets, black cherry, mushroom, earth and cigar box. Nebbiolo food pairings: rare steak, roast beef, stew, hamburgers, shepherd's pie, venison, bison. 750 ml  Price: $88.00 Score: 95/100

This Nebbiolo was reviewed December 4, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 226568  Check Stock
 

Nebbiolo Di Carema Riserva Carema 2007
D.O.C., Piedmont, Italy
Leather, cigar box, truffles and violets. Not fruity, but lovely. Medium to full-bodied and smooth. The taste of maturity and complexity. Try it with veal. Food pairings: braised veal, rabbit. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2017  Voluptuous Veal Wine  Price: $27.95 Score: 90/100

This wine was reviewed March 2, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 317289  Check Stock
 

Barolo Serralunga D'alba Nebbiolo 2005
D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy
Black cherry liqueur with a blackberry preserves heart. Supple and full-bodied and a spicy finish. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  500 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $27.95 Score: 90/100

This Nebbiolo was reviewed May 15, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 173195  Check Stock
 

Michele Reverdito Simane Nebbiolo 2007
D.O.C., Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
An exotic Italian red with classic notes of tar and wild forest violets. You need a taste for the pleasantly bitter Italianate flavour but it’s addictive once you acquire the taste. Full-boded, deep, long and ruggedly handsome. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 90/100

This Nebbiolo was reviewed April 3, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 161703  Check Stock
 


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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo has a history of blending with other red or white grapes in order to give more depth of colour and to soften the harsh tannins. Blending with white grapes led to the name Barolo Blanco. Today, DOCG regulations for Barolo and Barbaresco call for 100% Nebbiolo. However, there are whispers in wine circles that many Barolo producers blend with Barbera, Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon to bring arolo's signature blackish hue and ripe flavours. This has not been proven.

Barolo and Barbaresco are the most well known wines made from Nebbiolo. Barbaresco is the lighter of the two classic styles with fewer DOCG restrictions. Barbaresco requires only 9 months in oak, 21 months of total aging and 45 months for Riserva designation. Barolo, however, requires 1 year in oak, 3 years total aging and 57 months total aging to receive Riserva status. Both Barolo and Barbaresco must have minimum 12.5% alcohol.

As with most of Europe in the 19th century, Nebbiolo fell victim to the phylloxera epidemic. Vineyards were almost wiped out by the tiny louse that ate the roots of the vines. Some Piedmont producers decided to replace their late ripening Nebbiolo with the early ripening Barbera grape. Today Nebbiolo vines cover less than 6% of Piedmont wine region.

Regions outside of Italy that have planted Nebbiolo include California and Washington State in the U.S., Victoria, Clare Valley and New South Wales in Australia, Baja California in Mexico and Chile.

Pair Nebbiolo with creamy risotto, pasta drizzled with truffle oil , salt crusted prime rib.