Prized by collectors, Nebbiolo, or Nebieul may have been originated from the Italian word “nebbia” which means “fog”.
A red Italian wine grape variety from Piedmont (Piemonte) region where it is considered one of the noble wine varieties. The grapes are bigger, darker, tannic and more alcoholic than most varietals, and this special features makes it perfect for long aging. Nebbiolo is the permitted grape from the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) of Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
“Nebbiolo produces lightly colored red wines which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. As they age, the wines take on a characteristic brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes. Nebbiolo wines can require years of aging to balance the tannins with other characteristics.
Some winemakers feel that nebbiolo is even more difficult to work with than pinot noir. It can be changeable, moody and unpredictable while undergoing typical cellar and aging procedures. Nonetheless, wherever vintners aspire to producing wine inspired by Barolo, nebbiolo is also grown, including Australia, California, New Zealand, South America and South Africa. Argentina has the largest acreage planted, but no region outside Italy has yet shown much potential for high quality wine production from this grape.” winepros.org