Which Nebbiolo Wine?

Nebbiolo wines we like
Nebbiolo Wine Tasting

Nebbiolo is an Italian grape grown primarily in the Piedmonte region of Italy. Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s finest wines, are 100% Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo is a fussy grape, difficult to grow, but well suited to the climate of the Piedmonte area.

Barolo and Barbaresco are expensive wines and are the highest classification of Italian wines, DOCG. Only the finest vineyards in these two regions can carry the Barolo and Barbaresco labels. Below the DOCG, there are the Nebbiolo wines classified as DOC. These are terrific wines, and we set out to see which Nebbiolo wines are Best Buy Wines.

Blind Tasting Nebbiolo Wines

Vintage Wine Taster Bruce selected a dozen Nebbiolo wines to try before he chose the final six wines for our blind tasting. Only one of the six Nebbiolo wines was from outside the Piedmonte wine region. Here are the wines we tasted and the order in which we ranked them.

  • 2015 Harrington “Luna Matta Vineyard” Paso Robles $29.95 – KL Wines
  • 2016 Gallino Nebbiolo Langhe DOC $12.99 – Weimax
  • 2016 Traves Nebbiolo Canavese DOC $17.99 – KL Wines
  • 2016 Rocca Felice Nebbiolo Alba DOC $17.99 – Total Wines
  • 2015 Botonero IGT Sondrio, Lombardy $17.99 – Weimax
  • 2015 Carema Classico Carema DOC $25.99 – Weimax

The number one Nebbiolo was a shocker. The Paso Robles Nebbiolo was just about everyone’s favorite in the tasting. The wine was bolder than the others, along with a beautiful finish. Could it be the calcareous soils of west Paso Robles and the cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean make for fantastic Nebbiolo wine?

The second place wine, the 2016 Gallino Nebbiolo, is truly a Best Buy Wine. It has all the wonderful characteristics of a Nebbiolo at a terrific price. It is $13 at Weimax Wines in Burlingame.

Nebbiolo characteristics have many traits: rose fragrance, red fruit, dark fruit, acidity, as well as tannic components. Nebbiolo is a beautiful wine and one that improves with the right food combination.

Following our tasting, Bruce and his wife Joanne served a delicious dish, Lombardy Chicken. To top it off, Bruce served us a surprise. A bottle of a 2005 Barolo and a bottle of a 2011 Barbaresco. Both are amazing wines. It was interesting to compare these two wines to the ones in our tasting.

A 2005 Barolo and a 2011 Barbaresco

Nebbiolo Food Matches

Photos of Piedmonte

In the fall of 2011, Janelle and I visited the Piedmonte region for one week. We arrived during the White Truffle Festival in Alba. What a magnificent experience we had. Below are some of our photos.

nebbiolo vineyards
Like the Burgundy region of France, there are many small plots of Nebbiolo vineyards along with Barbera and Dolceto vineyards
Piedmonte and Nebbiolo
Around every bend in the road is another beautiful view
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Piedmonte vineyards with the Alps in the background
Wines of Piedmont
With Pecchenino winemaker Orlando Pecchenino in Dogliani


  1. Great pictures and wine descriptions.

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