Nebbiolo, the Malia Obama of Wine

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I think I just typed my first genuinely SEO-worthy title for a blog post. Malia Obama? But it’s true! I’m talking about potential, and patience, and beauty, and soul.

In my Portland Press Herald wine column today, I delve into the only way the impatient or old among us can readily enjoy Nebbiolo, that noblest of red wine grapes. Typically only seen in Barolo and Barbaresco, the Albanese king and queen that take 15-30 years to mature in bottle (under optimal conditions), Nebbiolo is a tough, tough grape to grow well. And even when that happens, you gotta wait decades for it to resolve its, um, issues, in the cellar. But there are several terrific Piemontese Nebbiolo wines that are drinkable right now, and you’d be severely limiting your appreciation of this planet were you to ignore them. Enjoy.

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