Nebbiolo is the grape variety that makes Barolo and Barbaresco. Aromatic. Severe. Infectious. There is a mystique about great Nebbiolo. Sometimes it is erroneously compared to Cabernet – if they share an impression of great power then that is all. Nebbiolo is prettier and more detailed than Cabernet. It is more powerful than Pinot Noir. Nebbiolo is Nebbiolo.
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Short Name: Nebbiolo
Full Name: 2011 Nebbiolo d’Alba Perbacco
Producer: Vietti
Geography: Piedmont, Italy.
$10 glass, $40 bottle
Varieties: Nebbiolo 100%
Description: Violets, roses, truffles, poppyseeds. The tannins are pinpoints of fine granularity. Think less of its mouthfilling qualities and more about its perfume.
Comparables: Not really comparable. Sometimes I like to think of it like a tannic red burgundy flavored less on the warm end of the spectrum and more of the cool end – less mulch and more graphite, less black tea and more bay leaf, less red fruit and more black fruit.
Pairings: 1) Beef. 2) Anything with truffles. Garlic, black pepper and herbs, all yes. But avoid cooked tomato sauces.
Interesting Technical Facts: This is farmed and made identically to Vietti’s Barolo Castiglione. The only difference is that Perbacco is a selection of barrels that are judged to be suitable for earlier drinking.
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