GRAPE: NEBBIOLO [neh-bee-OH-low]
Nebbiolo is as famous a grape name as one can find in Italy. It is most notable from Barolo and Barbaresco in Piemonte, where it expresses its brawn and brooding depth, but it can be truly remarkable from many other growing regions. From the greater Langhe to the rolling hills of Roero, to the Alto Piedmont appellations: Ghemme, Gattinara, Boca, Lessona and Carema, and up into the steep and remote Valle d’Aosta, all Nebbiolos are very much worth exploring. The ability of this King of Grapes to translate terroir is incredible, and thankfully it has been explored on disparate soils in different climates, and also cultivated for centuries resulting in different biotypes of the grape, as well as a prism of stylistic approaches.