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Nebbiolos of the world: Panel tasting results

The lure of the famed Barolo/Barbaresco grape inspires producers the world over to aim high – some, as here, showing a good level of success.

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Federico Moccia and Emma Robinson tasted 82 wines with two Outstanding and 52 Highly recommended.

Nebbiolos of the world: Panel tasting scores

82 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 2

Highly recommended 52

Recommended 26

Commended 2

Fair 0

Poor 0


Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their Nebbiolo still red wines, single-varietal or blends with a minimum 75% Nebbiolo, from any country and any region other than Piedmont’s Barolo and Barbaresco


Nebbiolo has packed its bags. It’s been travelling around the world, revealing its different facets, and showing an exceptional degree of consistency. Nebbiolo’s success is tangible and can be expressed numerically, since two-thirds of the wines featured in this fascinating tasting achieved scores of 90 points and above.

There are many positives. For Federico Moccia, highlights included Nebbiolo’s ‘ability to keep varietal characteristics, while simultaneously expressing its terroir’. Emma Robinson was pleased to see ‘New World winemakers making lighter styles with moderate alcohol levels that were eminently drinkable, and offering consumers good value for money in all price categories’.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Nebbiolos of the world panel tasting



Nebbiolos of the world panel tasting scores


The judges

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a wine writer, consultant and educator. Moving to the UK from Brazil in 1989, he was a director at some of the UK’s top distributors, becoming a Master of Wine in 2008, then co-authoring the awarded Portuguese-language book Conheça Vinhos (‘Understanding Wine’, Editora Senac).

Federico Moccia is head sommelier at London private member’s club 67 Pall Mall. Originally from Brescia in northern Italy, he is an advocate for Italian wine, as well as a DWWA judge and a contributor to decanter.com.

Emma Robinson is a wine buyer covering Australia, New Zealand and South Africa at London-based merchant Enotria&Coe. She previously held positions in sales and export at Crush Wines then Bibendum Wine, where she was also a WSET wine educator.


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