Nebbiolo is still hard to find outside Piedmont because its vines are very hard to grow and picky about both climate and soil. The Nebbiolo area par excellence is in Barolo, near Alba where growers plant this variety on the south/south-west facing slopes of the Langhe hills at an altitude of 250-450 meters. This is because the vines need maximum exposure to the sun as the grapes ripen late. Nebbiolo vines are fussy, they ripen late and flower early being prone to spring frost.
Temperatures and soil composition are key in its vinification and that's why it's quite hard to grow it outside Piedmont. Nebbiolo has been grown and appreciated around Alba since the 14th century; it's one of the very few wines you can automatically identify even just by its color which can go from brick-orange to dark ruby. Perfume is the best part of this refined wine: intensively aromatic, with a rich bouquet of roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar. On the palate it is rich in acidity and tannins. This also depends on the wood of the casks where Nebbiolo ages. In fact, Nebbiolo is one of the slowest maturing wines and 40 year bottles aren't hard to find!
bouquet: soft with hues of violets
flavor: dry, with good body, tannic, velvety and harmonious
alcohol content: 12%
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