Season 2, Episode 19: “Nebbiolo Deep Dive”

Okay, I admit, this episode is sort of a cheat episode. No grape in any of the bottles we drank in this episode was grown in the United States; unfortunately, there is very little Nebbiolo to be found growing here, save for small patches in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. (Had I been thinking, I would have run down the street to Caduceus and grabbed a bottle of their Naugal del Paciencia. Whoops.)

But the fact of the matter is that Nebbiolo is a grape of legend and, really, we couldn’t go without talking about it. Nebbiolo produces wines that are often considered to be royalty: Barolo and Barbaresco. Coming from the fog-shrouded heights of the Piedmont of Italy, Nebbiolo is rightly associated with fame and glory. There is also the minor fact that at the time of recording, I had wanted to crack open one of my Apocalypse Barolo bottles for several months, as a celebration for surviving my own stupidity. What better way to drink it than in association with some of its potentially noble brethren?

In the New World, while California has produced some stars with this grape it has really been Baja California in Mexico which has stolen the show, according to most Sommeliers I’ve spoken to. L.A. Cetto is probably the most famous producer of this grape, or at least, the most accessible to find here in the United States.

Join Megan, James, and myself as we drink the 2015 Private Reserve Nebbiolo from L.A. Cetto, alongside a 2009 Barolo from Pietro Rinaldi, comparing both to Godfather, a Non-Vintage Nebbiolo made from grapes (or juice) imported from the Piedmont from Water’s Edge Winery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Who will win? Listen and find out!

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