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Barbaresco: panel tasting results

Our judges found plenty to enjoy here, across a number of vintages – even in the younger wines – resulting in some consistently high scoring.

Stephen Brook, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW and Aldo Fiordelli tasted 87 wines, with 2 Outstanding and 44 Highly recommended.

Barbaresco panel tasting scores

87 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 2

Highly recommended 44

Recommended 39

Commended 2

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit village or MGA-level Barbarescos, with a maximum of two wines per producer and preferably to include one current vintage and one older vintage, or two different crus 

The results of this Barbaresco panel tasting were impressive, with 46 wines (just over half) scoring 90 points or above.

It was dominated by the consistently attractive and newly released 2019 vintage, represented by 54 wines.

These balanced, fruity and structured wines are accessible in their youth but, in most cases, should also age well. This is in line with recent trends in the region, where even Barolos are now being made in a less demanding and dense style so that consumers are no longer obliged to cellar these wines for a decade or more.

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

Top scoring Barbarescos

The judges

Stephen Brook is a Decanter contributing editor and the DWWA Regional Chair for Piedmont. The author of almost 40 books, he has won several awards for his work in wine.

Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW is a widely published wine writer, consultant, educator and WSET lecturer, and was an Acting Regional Chair for Tuscany at DWWA 2022.

Aldo Fiordelli is a widely published journalist, wine writer and author, and a DWWA judge. He qualified as a sommelier in 2003, and in 2022 received a special award from Tuscany’s Consorzio Cortona Vini.

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