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The 14 Best Nebbiolo You Should Drink in 2022

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This is our review of the 14 Best Nebbiolo you should drink this year. Enjoy!
Nebbiolo is the grape used for top-quality wines like Barolo and Barbaresco and its native of the Piemonte region in Italy. 
 
It’s known for its intense red fruit aromas, high acidity, and high tannins content. Nebbiolo is suitable for aging even for decades.
 
Nebbiolo has various DOC and DOCG appellations, that we are going to go through below.
 
Have you ever found yourself staring at many Nebbiolo bottles wondering which one you would like best?
 
I come from a nearby area and I know Piemonte very well, let’s say that you are going to have some local insight here.
 
As always we try our best to find high quality wine that offers great value for money and we have picked a selection of the 14 best Nebbiolo you can find right now
 
We have categorized them by styles and added an extensive buying guide so that you have all you need to make an informed decision.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017.
 
If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Carlo Giacosa Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2016.
 
You’ll find the table of content below. Let’s start with the review!
4.5/5

Vivino’s tips: Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 4 times as much.

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Sour Cherry, Strawberry, Plum, Rose, Tobacco, Cinnamon.

Yes you read it correctly, it’s  not a typo, this bottle offers an unbelievable good value for money!

If I’d were you I’ll be fast, it’ll go soon!

This outstanding Barbaresco Riserva is balanced and complex. Expect sour cherry, strawberry, plum, rose, tobacco and cinnamon.

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 76% more. 

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Dried Cherry, Strawberry, Leather, Tar, Spice.

This wine shows a mentholated cherry nose followed by spicy, smoky black cherry and floral notes on the slowly unfolding palate.

4/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Leather, Licorice, Oak.

It has very dark color, not unusual for the Nebbiolo grape.

Launching a brown-orange edge of the wood bearings. Powerful, clearly a lot of tannins, but very nicely integrated.

4/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Spice, Candy.

Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style.

Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with the ageing.

4/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Ripe Cherry, Plum, Tar, Leather.

The sources of the grapes, enriched by a small proportion of Nebbiolo from the Barbaresco and Barolo region, provide body, structure and a long ageing potential.

The fruit is intense and ripe but at the same time fresh with very sweet tannins. Nice fragrancy and longevity.

4.4/5

Vivino’s tips: Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 2 times as much.

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Raspberry, Cherry, Cocoa, Tobacco, Spice.

Intense garnet in color, the nose shows floral and spicy notes perfectly blended.

Tobacco, cherries, cocoa and fresh raspberry highlights.  The palate is rich, full-bodied and elegant.

4.3/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 1% of all wines in the world

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Raspberry, Cherry, Plum, Smoke, Tar, Tobacco, Oak.

Lively, juicy and nicely balanced, with harmonious acidity framing the wine’s red fruit and medicinal flavors.

Very good depth and length here, with the tannins nicely supporting the wine’s finishing fruit.

4.3/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 93% more.

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Berry, Sour Cherry, Rose, Leather, Spice.

Intense aromas suggest violet, rose, perfumed berry, leather and spice, with balsamic notes.

The focused palate delivers sour cherry, crushed raspberry, leather, mineral and white pepper alongside polished tannins.

4.1/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Red Berry, Dried Fruit, Licorice, Tobacco, Violet.

Ruby-garnet red color. enveloping scent, with notes of licorice, red berries, hints of violets.

The taste is a distinctive, fine and persistent flavor and elegant feeling of fullness embellished with soft tannins that harmonize its vibrant structure.

4.2/5

Region: Italy, Lombardia

Tasting notes: Plum Jam, Black Cherry, Hazelnut, Licorice, Spice.

An intense garnet color, and a well-pronounced and complex ethereal perfume, with dominant spicy notes (clove, cinnamon, pepper) and with hints of plum jam.

A dry, warm, savory, austere and harmonious flavor with an elegant quite persistent underlying taste of toasted hazelnut and licorice.

4/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Cranberry, Cherry, Roses, Tar, Tobacco.

 
Aromas a ruby-red color with light, garnet highlights and a bouquet with hints of violet and red fruit.
 
It has balanced tannins and good structure that is velvety and harmonic on the palate.
4.1/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 34% more.

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Red Fruits, Blackberry, Vanilla, Leather, Oak.

Deep garnet color, the nose shows delicate spicy, dominated by a clear and strong minerality; nice solid structure.

4.4/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 1% of all wines in the world

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Ripe Red Fruits, Prune, Leather, Earthy, Oak, Dried Rose.

Brilliant garnet, typical of wines obtained from Nebbiolo grapes.

Elegant, its varietal perfumes marry perfectly with fresh eucalyptus notes typical of this particular vineyard, slightly withered flowers pink, purple and a sweet spices aftertaste.

Balanced tannins with a refreshing acidity. Notable harmony, structure and persistence.

4.7/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 1% of all wines in the world

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Roses, Leather, Licorice, Oak, Tobacco.

Garnet red with orange-colored highlights. Complex, very fruity, elegant, intense and spicy aromas with flowery sensations.

Excellent body with power and stuffing, demanding, masculine, long and full.

Buying Guide to Nebbiolo

It’s not just about which Nebbiolo you should buy.

There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more.

The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview of all these topics.

Nebbiolo Overview

Here you find an overview of where Nebbiolo is most commonly planted.

Grape

Nebbiolo

ABV

13.5%–15%

Main Regions

Italy: Piemonte, Lombardia

Other Regions

Australia
Mexico:
USA: California

Grape

Nebbiolo

ABV

13.5%–15%

Main Regions

Italy: Piemonte, Lombardia

Other Regions

Australia
Mexico:
USA: California

Nebbiolo Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Nebbiolo.

Color

Pale Garnet

Nose

Cherry
Raspberry
Truffle
Rose
Dried Herbs

Palate

Red Fruit, Plum
Leather, Anise
Dry
High Acidity
High Tannins
Medium to Full Body

Color

Pale Garnet

Nose

Cherry
Raspberry
Truffle
Rose
Dried Herbs

Palate

Red Fruit, Plum
Leather, Anise
Dry
High Acidity
High Tannins
Medium to Full Body

Nebbiolo Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Nebbiolo.

Appetitizer

Porcini Mushroom,
Truffle Risotto/Tajarin,
Vitello Tonnato,
Grilled Radicchio, Butternut Squash

Meat

Battuta di Fassona (Meat Tartare),
Braised Duck,
Roast Turkey,
Ribeye Steak

Fish

-

Cheese

Semi Hard (Parmigiano, Pecorino)
Wash-Rind (Munster, Chambertin)

Appetitizer

Porcini Mushroom,
Truffle Risotto/Tajarin,
Vitello Tonnato,
Grilled Radicchio, Butternut Squash

Meat

Battuta di Fassona (Meat Tartare),
Braised Duck,
Roast Turkey,
Ribeye Steak

Fish

-

Cheese

Semi Hard (Parmigiano, Pecorino)
Wash-Rind (Munster, Chambertin)

Serve and Store Nebbiolo

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Nebbiolo.

Decant

1-2 hrs

Glass

Aroma Collector

Serve at

59 - 64 °F
15 - 18 °C

Store for

Up to 10 years
Up to 30+ years finest bottles only

Decant

1-2 hrs

Glass

Aroma Collector

Serve at

59 - 64 °F
15 - 18 °C

Store for

Up to 10 years
Up to 30+ years finest bottles only

Nebbiolo Styles

There are at least six Nebbiolo styles you should know about. Five are from the Piemonte region and one is from the Lombardia region in Italy.
 
Here is a quick overview for some regions and what to expect:
 
Barolo DOCG is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. It requires a lot of time to mature, for some bottles up to 40 years.
 
Barolo has a total aging period of 3 years, 1 of which year in oak. Barolo Riserva has an aging period of 45 months.
 
Barbaresco DOCG is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. It’s lighter than Nebbiolo and Barolo. 
 
Barbaresco has a total aging period of 21 months, 9 of which in oak. Barolo Riserva has an aging period of 45 months.
 
Ghemme DOCG and Gattinara DOCG are similar to a French Pinot Noir, with tart red fruits notes. 
 
Gattinara is made with at least 90% Nebbiolo grape with an aging period of 35 months of which 24 in oak. Riserva has an aging period of 47 months of which 24 in oak.
 
Ghemme is made with at least 85% Nebbiolo grape with an aging period of 34 months of which 18 in oak. Riserva has an aging period of 46 months of which 24 in oak.
 
Sfursat DOCG is from Lombardia and it is made with at least 90% Nebbiolo grapes. It’s produced using the same tecnique used for Amarone, i.e. Appassimento Tecnique [1]. 
 
Sfursat has a total aging period of 20 months of which 12 in oak.
 
Langhe Nebbiolo DOC is made with at least 85% Nebbiolo grapes. It ages 9 months in a steel tank and it produces young, fresh, very fruity, and light tannins wines.
 
Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes and it’s more suitable for aging than Langhe Nebbiolo.
 
The aging process starts in the steel tank first and then continues for 12 months in barrels, plus another 12 months to rest.

Our Verdict

Nebbiolo is the grape used for top-quality wines like Barolo and Barbaresco and its native of the Piemonte region in Italy. 
 
If you have been through the buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to navigate the Nebbiolo world.
 
At the same time, you have probably realized by now, that there’s a huge selection, many styles, and various price points.
 
The good news is that you can get very high quality usually at a good price if you know where to look!
 
That’s why proper guidance comes in handy. We hope our guide was helpful in this regard.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017.
 
If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Carlo Giacosa Luca Barbaresco Riserva 2016.
 
As always, make sure to serve your Nebbiolo at the right temperature and with the proper glass.

What to do next?

Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro!

Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon vs Merlot, or the other red wines?

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Nebbiolo.

What does Nebbiolo mean?

The common belief is that Nebbiolo comes from “nebbia”, i.e. fog in English, or “nebia” in Piemontese dialect.

Fog is a pretty common weather condition in the area especially during the harvest time in October.

What is Nebbiolo history?

The common assumption is that Nebbiolo originated in the thirteenth century in the Piemonte and Lombardia region in Italy. 

It became popular internationally in the 18th century as a valid alternative to Bordeaux wine.

Today it represents roughly 10% of planted varieties in Piemonte, whereas Barbera represents a third.

Where does Nebbiolo grow best?

Nebbiolo is a delicate grape and needs a careful site selection.
 
It gives its best in calcareous marl soil, dry weather and warm climate. This allows the sugar and fruity flavors to develop and counterbalance the high acidity.

When is the perfect time to drink Nebbiolo?

Nebbiolo in his lighter version, i.e. Langhe Nebbiolo DOC, is an everyday wine.

If you opt for the fuller body and more complex styles is a great choice for rich fat dishes and red meats dinner.

Is Nebbiolo sweet?

Nebbiolo is not sweet. It is a dry wine which means it contains less than 15 g/L, or sugar per liter.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

What does the acronym DOC and DOCG mean?

DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata. It’s one of the highest classification in Italy.

DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. It’s the highest classification in Italy.

Every DOCG wine is tested before bottling by a committee of licensed judges which guarantee the quality of the wine.

To obtain DOC winemakers need to follow rigorous protocols for harvesting, cultivation, and production. 

Other common classifications are DO and IGT.[2]

What’s Nebbiolo's typical price range?

Nebbiolo is rarely an affordable wine but you can find good bottle around $20 for Langhe Nebbiolo DOC.

The other styles will be more expensive with Barolo being usually in the $60-$100 price range.

For those of you who are after the luxury segment be prepared to spend several $100s.

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