Top 12 non-Italian Nebbiolos

2. Giornata Nebbiolo, Paso Robles, California


A decade ago Stephanie Terrizzi, then vineyard manager of Luna Matta in Paso Robles, launched Giornata, a wine project working with Italian grapes with her husband, Brian.

Using the same clones employed by Italy’s top producers, the pair have won plaudits for their Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Aglianico and Barbera.

“Nebbiolo is the hardest grape to grow and the most mischievous in the cellar,” Terrizzi says, citing Trentino-based Elisabetta Foradori as her winemaking inspiration. “It has taught me patience and has pushed my creativity to make it work.”

Intended as an homage to the great wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, Giornata’s Nebbiolo matures for 24 months in oak and more than six months in bottle prior to release. The current 2013 is made with a long post-fermentation maceration on its skins, giving it a powerful tannin profile and making for seriously cellar-worthy wine. 

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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