This black-skinned Italian variety is responsible for some of the best and longest lived red wines of Italy. However, despite the tremendous standing the Nebbiolo grape enjoys at home in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, it hasn’t gained much notoriety in California.


The wine has a very layered nose, with aromas of plum, cherry, currants, tea, toffee, licorice, and a few floral highlights. Plum and cherry return on the palate, accented by spice, tea, herbs, and rose petals. A full-body and firm tannins make it well suited for rich Italian fare, but it’s still rather smooth and fairly dry, meaning it can still be enjoyed on its own. Fans of robust, flavorful wine ought to try a bottle.

FBWorld Panel Score: 90