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Barbaresco 2020: Vintage report & 50 wines tasted

Aldo Fiordelli reports on an approachable, ready-to-drink 2020 vintage in Barbaresco, finding that the best examples ‘have volume, lushness and balance’.

Clear skies, crystal-clear rivers and clean air: the 2020 vintage started while the world was in lockdown. Going to work in the vineyards was one of the few permissible activities at the time (lucky vignaioli!).

The most genuine producers confess to having taken extraordinarily good care of their vines during the Covid pandemic like never before. No fairs, no visiting importers, no tastings.

Barbaresco wines from 2020 emerged as graceful with unexpected, sweet tannins.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top Barbaresco 2020 wines


Barbaresco 2020 vintage rating: 4/5

‘Given its more approachable style, it is not likely to be a favourite vintage among classic Barbaresco lovers… But in the best examples there is volume, lushness and balance’



Tasting notes and scores for Aldo’s top Barbaresco 2020 wines:

The following wines all scores 93 points or above


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