Nebbiolo is a thick skinned black Italian grape that strut’s its stuff in Piemonte in North East Italy, producing iconic wines like Barolo & Barbaresco. Unfortunately, like Pinot Noir from Burgundy, great tasting Nebbiolo wines from Piemonte are expensive and very difficult to find.
Barolo is regarded as the King and Barbaresco the Queen of Piemonte wines. In their youth they present tongue curling tannins and enamel stripping acidity that sends your mouth into electric shock. Not unlike 100% cocoa chocolate, most consumers will find them difficult to swallow.
Below are Nebbiolo wines that won’t send your mouth into Electric Shock
2013 Essenze Barolo de Comune di Serralunga d’Alba, Piemonte, North West, Italy Alc.14%, £32.00
This mature Barolo that has the ability to trade punches with the most flavoursome foods. Its assertive flavours are not for the drinker that wants to chill-out with an easy quaffing wine.
2015 Pio Cesare, Barolo, Piemonte, North West, Italy, Alc.14.5%, £59.00
Want to taste an excellent example of very drinkable Barolo? Grab a bottle of Pio Cesare. This deep ruby wine combines firm tannins, ripe acidity, pronounced berry aromas and flavours of the Nebbiolo grape to perfection. Tasted at VinoVip Cortina.
2017 Barbaresco, Macarini, Pertinace, Piemonte, North West, Italy, Alc.14.5%, £40.00
Deep ruby wine that presents pronounced blackfruit notes that come threaded with firm acidity and finished with a dry tannic lick. Works best when drunk with flavoursome food.