Nebbiolo Rosè is a red wine grape native to Italy long thought to be one of the Nebbiolo variety’s biotypes. It is in fact a distinct variety that is closely related to Nebbiolo. In Valtellina in Lombardia (Lombardy), Nebbiolo Rosé is also identical to the variety locally known as Chiavennaschino.

Clones: CN III is the only clone of Nebbiolo Rosé.

Wine style: Once considered a second rate performer due to its lighter colour, the variety is now making a comeback in the Langhe region of Piemonte (Piedmont) in north-west Italy, as the fashion for darkly-coloured, sweet red wines has started to wane. Pure bottlings are hard to come by as there is not that much Nebbiolo Rosé planted. Normally when it is used in blends, producers include up to 20% to give perfume.

Viticulture: In Valtellina, where drought is a viticultural challenge, Nebbiolo Rosé is welcomed for it resists drought better and ripens earlier than Nebbiolo. It is also a hardier and more vigorous variety, suffering less from millerandage and flowering prob- lems in difficult vintages. In the vineyard, it is often co-planted with other Nebbiolo biotypes.

Wines: Piedmont: Barolo DOCG. | Barbaresco DOCG. Lombardy: Rosso di Valtellina DOC. | Valtellina Superiore DOCG. | Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG.

Wine styles: Nebbiolo Rosé is defined by its pale colour and, as its name suggests, striking rose petal, red currant and pomegranate aromas. Nebbiolo Rosé can seem more angular than Nebbiolo in terms of texture and fruit expression, with stronger aromatics and higher alcohol.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.118-119.