Nebbiolo Prima, a great opportunity to explore the magnificent wines of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero wine destinations.


Nebbiolo Prima has become an important event and now truly represents the very first opportunity to evaluate the new vintages of Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero the champions of Piedmont. This year, the tasters had the opportunity to review 311 wines produced by the 180 wineries here. Albeisa, Unione Produttori Vini Albesi, is a consortium, founded to promote the great wines of the Alba area to the world. The history of this consortium is linked in a twofold way to the same-named and unmistakable Albeisa bottle. For Nebbiolo Prima this year, they have majestically organized a limited tasting, Four days of intensive work, all dedicated to one of the protagonists of the Italian wine scene and a milestone to discover Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero territories: Nebbiolo grape, the noble of Italian native grape varieties. The name Nebbiolo derives from the Italian word “Nebbia” which translated means fog or mist. A challenging and sensitive grape that, in the right hillside spot (south-facing), expresses itself in a unique and beautiful complexity. It prefers a rich calcareous tufa-based soil – such as the ones in Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero


At the tasting, all denominations and sub-zones were presented blind: DOCG Barolo 2018 and Riserva 2016, DOCG Barbaresco 2019 and Riserva 2017, and DOCG Roero 2019 and Riserva 2018, all THE wines were eloquent witnesses to the myriad facets of our incredible terroir.


Tasting report of Nebbiolo Prima 2022


Roero is that section of land located to the north of Alba town, in the province of Cuneo, on the left bank of the river Tanaro, between the plain of Carmagnola and the low hills of Asti. 

  wine denomination DOCG

(controlled and guaranteed designation of origin)

grape  minimum ageing  released 

on the market 

Roero Docg   95% Nebbiolo

5% other 

non-aromatic red grape  

20 months, of which 6 in wood  from the 1st July  of second year after the harvest 
Roero Docg Reserve 95% Nebbiolo

5% other 

non-aromatic red grape 

32 months, of which in 6 wood  from the 1st July  of third year after the harvest 


Here below, the choices of Claudia Marinelli, a friend of mine, who replaced me at the event this year. 


Tastings Roero DOCG 2019 

Most of the Roero 2019 I tasted were fresh harmonious with good fruit and lively acidity.


Winery: Casetta Carlo – Montà

Wine:    Roero Docg 2019 Fil

Pale ruby core with light purple hue towards the edge. The nose is fruity, with balsamic notes and a hint of fresh leather. Well structured body with medium alcohol and soft tannins well integrated with the fruit. 


Winery: Ponchione Maurizio – Govone

Wine: Roero Docg 2019 Monfrini

Medium ruby-red. Intense flavour of dark cherry and light notes of china.

Medium acidity with discreet alcohol level and soft tannin. Fruity and spicy. Quite a long aftertaste.   



Tastings Roero DOCG 2018 Riserva  

Across the tasting of the riservas, I noted some wines with good freshness and preserved ripe tannins and good body. 


Winery: Lorenzo Negro – Monteu Roero

Wine:  Roero Docg Riserva 2018 S.Francesco  

Colour ranging from ruby core to light garnet rim. Intense flavour  of ripe plum with balsamic and hint of rose. Amble, with lively red cherry. Good structure with quite delicate tannins. Lovely wine.


Winery: Cascina Chicco  – Vezza d’Alba   

Wine: Roero Docg Riserva 2018 Valmaggiore

Deep ruby colour. Rich bouquet of blackcherry with hints of rosemary. Round, full body and warm. Pleasant. quite powerful tannins and long length. Lovely nebbiolo.




The area of production includes the entire territory of the villages of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive, plus part of the territory of the Alba municipality. 


  wine denomination DOCG

(controlled and guaranteed designation of origin)

grape  minimum ageing  released on the market 
Barbaresco Docg  100% Nebbiolo  26 months, of which 9 in wood  from the 1st January of third year after the harvest 
Barbaresco Docg Reserve 100% Nebbiolo  50 months, of which 9 in wood  from the 1st January of fifth year after the harvest


Here below, the choices of Claudia Marinelli, a friend of mine, who replaced me at the event this year.



Tastings Barbaresco DOCG  2019  

In general Barbarescos of this year turned out to be soft, fruity with good structure and balance. This is partly a reflection of the vintage which started cool and finished warm with nice weather during harvest.


Winery: Cascina Luisin – Barbaresco 

Wine: Barbaresco Docg 2019 Asili  

Bright with a deep garnet core. Pronounced flavour of blackcherry with scents of roses. Spicy notes of liquorice. . Good balance of body, fruit, acidity and velvety tannins. Long, vibrant, finish. Outstanding wine. 


Winery: Pertinace – Treiso

Wine:  Barbaresco Docg 2019 Marcaini 

Bright, deep garnet colour. The nose rich in blueberry and forest floor perfumes. Nice, vibrant entrance in the palate. Medium body and harmonious structure with dried prune and liquorice. Quite a long aftertaste 


Winery:  Castello di Verduno  – Barbaresco 

Wine:  Barbaresco Docg 2019 

Intense and brilliant garnet colour. Pronounced intensity of dark cherry and plum with spicy notes of liquorice and hint of wisteria. Medium plus acidity, full-body wine with firm tannins and toasty light notes at the end. Excellent wine. 


Winery:  Musso – Barbaresco

Wine:  Barbaresco Docg 2019 Rio Sordo  

Medium garnet core, paler towards the edge. The wine displays intense floreal notes mixed with balsamic scents and overtones of graphite. The palate expresses ripe fruit with a hint of vanilla. Good acidity, firm tannins and long finish. I really like it.



Tastings Barbaresco DOCG  2017 RISERVA  

I found a wide range of great wines, showing high intensity and complexity of aromas. I have tasted well balanced wines with body and rich in fruit. 


Winery: Socré  – Barbaresco  

Wine:  Barbaresco Docg 2017 Riserva Roncaglie

The colour is deep garnet with a compact rim. Intense bouquet of cherry with notes of violet. Scents of spices, tobacco and rhubarb. A dry, full body wine with good sapidity, well balanced structure and medium ripe tannins. Elegant. 


Winery: Produttori del Barbaresco  – Barbaresco 

Wine: Barbaresco Docg 2017 Riserva Ovello

Deep garnet core with ruby tinge. Intense bouquet of black cherry and leather. Good structure with medium-plus acidity, medium alcohol and leather overtones. Velvety tannins, well integrated with the fruit. Juicy finish.




Barolo is made in eleven ‘communes’ or village territories: Barolo itself, La Morra, Monforte, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto, Novello, Grinzane Cavour, Verduno, Diano d’Alba, Cherasco, Roddi.

  wine denomination DOCG

(controlled and guaranteed designation of origin)

grape  minimum ageing  released on the market 
Barolo Docg  100% Nebbiolo  38 months, of which 18 in wood  from the 1st January of fourth year after the harvest 
Barolo Docg Reserve 100% Nebbiolo  62 months, of which 18 in wood  from the 1st January of sixth year after the harvest


Here below, the choices of Claudia Marinelli, a friend of mine, who replaced me at the event this year.



Tastings Barolo DOCG  2018  (taster Claudia Marinelli)

The 2017s showed ripe fruit and good structure with great aromatic intensity. A sufficient level of acidity guarantees freshness to almost all wines. In general, I tasted good wines that proved the hard work of the producers during an uneasy season.


Winery:  Ratti  – La Morra

Wine:  Barolo Docg 2018 Conca  

Medium garnet core with narrow tawny rim. Great nose with ripe plum, balsamic notes with hints of liquorice and rhubarb. Slight notes of leather. Medium  body with ripe red fruit and freshness. Moderate coarse tannins. Elegant , long finish.  Great potential.  


 Winery:  Fratelli Barale  – Barolo   

Wine:  Barolo Docg 2018 Castellero

Bright with intense garnet core and paler rim. The wine displays red fruit and cytrus notes mixed with hearty overtones. Exuberant and full body in the palate, elegant fruit and exuberant tannins. Long, fresh finish. Very good wine. 


Winery: Giacomo Fenocchio  – Castiglione Falletto   

Wine:  Barolo Docg 2018 Villero   

Medium garnet red turning slightly twarny. Pronounced bouquet of blackcherry, dried prune and leather. Overtones of coconut and the scent of incense. Lovely palate, deep fruit with firm tannins. Long finish.


Winery: Giuseppe Rinaldi – Barolo

Wine:  Barolo Docg 2018 Brunate   

Brilliant, deep garnet colour with compact rim. Various and intense aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and tobacco. Rich in structure, with persistent ripe fruit well balanced with the firm tannins. Fresh long finish. 


Winery:   Conterno Fantino – Monforte d’Alba   

Wine:   Barolo Docg 2018 Castelletto Vigna Pressenda

Clear, deep red garnet colour. Intense flavour of dark cherry and prune. Light  notes of eucalyptus and rhubarb. The mouth is dense with medium soft tannins and toasty hints. Elegant wine with long and juicy aftertaste. This is an excellent wine. 



Tastings Barolo DOCG  2016 Riserva  (taster Claudia Marinelli)

In general, the wines were balanced showing good ripeness and discrete alcohol level. Averagely rich in tannins with long finish. To me these riservas showed great potential. 


Winery:  Cavallotto Castiglione Falletto  

Wine:  Barolo Docg 2016 Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe  

Intense garnet red colour with pale tawny reflections. Complex nose with intense flavour of dark cherry, leather and china. Fragrant, with juicy palate with lively acidity. Discrete alcohol level and soft tannins. Long finish. Really good wine.


 Winery: Brezza Giacomo e Figli  – Barolo  

Wine:   Barolo Docg 2016 Riserva Sarmassa Vigna Bricco  

Deep garnet core with paler rims. Pronounced intensity of ripe plum and prune with overtones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lovely ripe blackcherry in the palate. Well-integrated into a medium body with round, fine tannins. Fresh and sapit finish.

I really wish to thank you to Claudia Marinelli, who kindly partecipate on my place and report on the Nebbiolo Prima 2022.



Filippo Magnani

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