2013 Bava "Gionson" Nebbiolo

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What do you do when you want to make Nebbiolo in a province where Barbera is king (namely, Alba in northern Piedmont)? You get creative! The Bava Brothers, a fun-loving bunch, decided to find a catchy fantasy name for their 100% Nebbiolo wine. They went American and named it after a real American tradition, Band-Aids, (evidently at a winery you go through a lot of them). "Johnson & Johnson" was too long; they switched to "Johnson" but that's unpronounceable for an Italian so... "Gionson!" That's how you say "Johnson" in Italian! Delicious Nebbiolo, drinkable now, that's every bit as fun as its creators. The producer's note: "The CADODO vineyard at Tuffo di Cocconato is the oldest estate of the Bava Family, documented in the records of the local parish as wine-makers in this area since 1600. In this area of Monferrato, Alto Astigiano, several red grape varietals are grown. The high hills of Cocconato have a white soil similar to that of the best areas of Langa for composition and origin; here Nebbiolo has always been grown to produce highly quaffable wines that age in the bottle."

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2017 | Send Email
This aromatic, sweet and refreshing bottling is the most easy drinking Nebbiolo that we carry, Sure, you could think of it as a Nebbiolo with training wheels for those not yet ready for Barolo or Barbaresco, but to me it is just a delicious bottle of wine.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2016 | Send Email
I love these wines from Bava. The slight earthy, savory characters, the bright flavors and fresh feel this wine has is unique to my palate. The lighter weight body with still that woodsy/piney grip from the tannin make this wine jump out at me. The progression of this wine reminds me of the amazing song by The Beatles, I Want You (She's So Heavy), how all the different melodies, tempos and harmonies took me to very different places but all end up taking me back to where it started. Definitely one not to miss out on. Drink now or cellar.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2015 | Send Email
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I just love the nose of this wine, inviting, warm and full of smoke, rose petals, wild mushrooms and a bit or ripe plum on the mid-palate. So well balanced, structured, yet a smooth fullness in the mouth leading to a long, embracing finish. Love this!
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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.