Neno Negri Riserva Valtellina Superiore 2013

This is an excellent Valtellina wine from Nino Negri. It has swirling aromatics of florals and roses. The palate has a firm structure and high acidity. This nebbiolo is rather delicious and can be approached now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good. Abv: NA. Price: mid $50s. Website: NA. Reviewed: January 2020.

G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2017

A surprise find under screw cap, this Langhe Rosso from G.D. Vajra and the 2017 vintage presents in a regional style. It’s actually a blend of nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto, with a few others too. There are aromas of cherry and firm, chalky acidity and structure. This wine can be approached now, but it will […]

Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

This is a good Langhe nebbiolo from Benevelli, particularly at $28.  An aroma of sour cherry, chalk and potpourri.  Fruity, for nebbiolo.  The palate has good length, firm acidity and a youthful spritz.  A quibble: one bottle corked (four tasted).  Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $28. Website: n/a.

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014

Topper’s Mountain’s Bricolage Rouge is an unorthodox blend of tempranillo, nebbiolo, tannat and shiraz.  Ruby in colour, its aroma reminds of red fruits, smoke and minerals. The palate is medium bodied, with some chalky tannin and good length, and flavours reminding of red fruit, with a savoury, almost Italianate sour cherry aspect.  The winemaker sure […]

Topper’s Mountain New England Nebbiolo 2014

Topper’s Mountain in New England have produced an approachable rendition of nebbiolo in the 2014 vintage.  It opens to aromatics of florals and red fruits. The palate has pleasant if dialled back acidity and grip.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next 5 years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.4%. Price: $20+. […]

A good local nebbiolo: Rowlee Orange Nebbiolo 2016

This is a good rendition of a nebbiolo from Rowlee in Orange. It has restrained aromatics that remind of actual cherries. Decant this wine, as the palate really improves with time in the glass. There are quite firm fine tannins and good length and balance, and – no mean feat – the impression is varietal. […]