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Nebbiolo (Red) (NEH-bee-oh-low)
Regions: Nebbiolo is the noble grape of Piedmont in the north of Italy. It is grown extensively in the villages in that area as well as elsewhere in the north like Valtellina. In Barolo and Barbaresco, both in Piedmont, it reaches its heights of greatness. Examples are also grown in California and some other areas.
Characteristics: Nebbiolo is a grape capable of greatness. Like Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Syrah, it is a grape that is capable of profound depth, complexity and finesse. The wines can be very aromatic, combining red and black fruits, rose petal and earthy scents like truffles, mushrooms and leather, particularly with age. They can vary from medium to full-bodied but generally produce a well structured wine with firm tannins and bright acidity, making it an excellent wine for aging long term.