Jan
30

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Giacomo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo “Cerretta” 2008

I feel as though extending this spotlight indefinitely may be the surest path to heaven. Unfortunately, it is time to move on to something new (while stacking my cellar with

Jan
20

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: La Spinona Barbaresco Bricco Faset 2000

Tiny Barbaresco, the often neglected side-kick of Barolo (except, of course, for Gaja). The generally earlier ripening Nebbiolo here still produces some brilliant wines, mostly because the calcerous soils couple

Jan
13

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Elio Grasso “Ginestra Casa Mate” Barolo 2005

With each bottle of Nebbiolo I consume I am slowly being introduced to real obsession. Add to that the majesty of Barolo and I am afraid that my future wine

Jan
7

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Luigi Ferrando Carema “Etichetta Nera” 2006

Sub-Alpine hills and Italian wine: strange bedfellows. And yet it is with the climatically picky Nebbiolo that these two opposites chime in unison. The Carema DOC in northern Piedmont sits

Dec
30

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Paolo Scavino Carobric Barolo 2001

I hate to compare the great wines of the world. It seems facile and entirely subjective. Yet, I can’t help but love the Nebbiolo based wines of Barolo more than

Dec
27

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Mauro Veglio “Castelletto” Barolo 2000

Barolo. Every wine lover knows the fame of these wines, but few understand the intricacies. For good reason. These are expensive wines, hard to find, made in minute quantities and

Dec
17

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo Riserva 2001

Though most wine drinkers know Barolo and Barbaresco well, Piedmont includes several other regions in which Nebbiolo grows. Most of the wines grown elsewhere don’t have the complexity and concentration

Dec
15

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Gianfranco Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo 2008

Nebbiolo makes an expensive wine. There are several reasons for this. Nebbiolo consitutes only about 6% of planted vines in Piedmont, so it is relatively scarce even in its home.

Dec
12

Spotlight on Nebbiolo: Marchesi di Gresy Camp Gros Martinenga Barbaresco 2000

Nebbiolo is a hard grape to access. Good Nebbiolo is found only in a tiny region of Italy (the Langhe), the price of entry is high and even some of