Nebbiolo is the most
noble Italian grape,
but it is finicky and as
it requires just the right
site it represents only 3% of Piedmont’s
total production. Much like Pinot Noir it
is sensitive to micro-climate and seems particularly
suited to the expression of terroir.
Of course Barolo and neighbouring
Barbaresco are the famous wines that
made its reputation. But the area surrounding
these two communes is called the
Langhe, and it too can produce really fine
wine. Guidobono’s is a lovely example,
showing violets and roses on the nose, rich
fruit on the palate, and a long, fine finish.