Originally posted by spo:
Ha! How weird to see this pop up. I did not try on release and then lay down nebbiolos. I just laid them down. Every single one of them was kind of dissapointing. The nebbiolos I buy and drink young were always preferrable to any I aged. Maybe a false conclusion on a less than perfect experiment, I admit that, but I think with alba and langhes the tannins and acid's intensities will outlast the fruit so I don't bother aging. I think I am throwing in the towel on nebbiolo and looking to aglianico. A much freindlier grape in my experience.
I'm not a huge fan of aged nebbiolo, either. More specifically, "middle aged" nebbiolo. I prefer it young, up to about 5 years after the vintage, or fully mature, as in 10+ after. In between, they seem to go into a "dumb phase," and just don't offer much aside from hardness.
Aglianico is a favorite of mine, especially from northern Campania (e.g. Benevento area) and Vulture's Venosa area. Producers up on Vulture in the more famed communes Rionero and Barile seem to be, generally, more "modern" and dense and fruity; not to my taste, usually.