Just been discussing Nebbiolo on Twitter. It’s one of those grapes that we in the wine trade are supposed to like.
For sure, it’s a grape I love the idea of, but the reality is that I keep getting disappointed by it. And I like pale-coloured reds with perfume, so I don’t see why there’s a problem here.
It’s just the palate. It’s so often too tannic and astringent that all the joy is sucked out of it. It doesn’t give any sweetness; it offers no charms other than rather austere intellectual ones. It’s like an extremely bright yet miserable friend.
Nebbiolo, I’d love to like you more. I really like the idea of you. It’s just that in practice, we’ve rarely worked well together.
But I’m open minded, and of the belief that everyone deserves a second (and third, and fourth) chance. So send me some recommendations of wines that I can buy (or just send me the wines!) that you think will change my mind.