Course: Understanding Wine
Nebbiolo is almost exclusively planted in Piedmont in northwestern Italy. There it makes Barolo, Italy's most prized traditional wine, and Barbaresco, only slightly less prestigious.
Nebbiolo goes into lighter wines elsewhere in the Piedmont and northwestern Italy, where it is sometimes blended with other Italian varieties.
This slow-ripening grape is frequently planted on the best south-facing slopes of hills to take advantage of the sun, and yields small crops of fruit.
At its best Nebbiolo produces intensely colored and flavored wines.
Barolo is one of the most complex and long-lived wines in the world.
Released from the winery only after 3 years of aging, or 5 years for Riservas, many Barolos are still a deep, dark purple when young, with rough tannins, high...
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