Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos

11. Botalcura Nebbiolo, Maule Valley, Chile

BotalcuraStill Chile’s only commercially available Nebbiolo, Botalcura’s bottling comes from a vineyard located in the central Maule Valley toward the coast, an area protected from the influence of the sea by the surrounding hills.

The soil is sand/clay/silt texture with moderate to poor permeability and drainage, and a flat topography.

In this dry region, irrigation is sometimes needed to ensure that the fruit reaches full maturity. Vineyards rows are planted north-south, which provides Botalcura’s Nebbiolo vines with optimum sun exposure.

Two years in a mix of American and French oak.

This concentrated Nebbiolo was modelled after the wines of Barolo wines, with the makers saying that great care was taken to preserve its Chilean identity, referring to it as “the first truly great Chilean Nebbiolo”.

3 Responses to “Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos”

  1. Can’t believe you missed L.A Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo from Baja California, Mexico. One of the first new world nebbiolos and in our view one of the best. Authentic and delicious.

  2. Leonardo Ricardez says:

    Agree with the LA Cetto comment. Additionaly it is very affordable, and has a big following in Mexico.

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