Purportedly named after La Nebbia (fog) that decends on the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco every fall, this is Italy’s answer to Pinot Noir. Considered native to Piedmont, records of its cultivation date back to the 1300’s. Late ripening and sensitive to adverse vintage conditions, it nevertheless produces Italy’s most uniquely perfumed and powerful red. Its skins are surprisingly thin for a grape known for its bitting tannins, making it susceptible to breakage, and typically the colour of Barolo leans more toward light ruby, even as a young wine.
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