Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy?s?Piedmont?region. Grown throughout the area as well as in the neighboring?Valle d?Aosta?and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piemontese villages of?Barolo?and?Barbaresco. This finicky grape needs a very particular soil type and climate in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of?California. Tiny amounts are produced in Washington, Virginia, Mexico and Australia.
Cascina Bongiovanni's 2013 Barolo is fresh, floral and vibrant, all qualities that make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, licorice and mint develop beautifully in the glass. The 2013 is delineated and highly expressive in its aromatics. This is a lovely entry-level offering that expresses the perfumed, sensual personality of the vintage nicely. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous