15 Top Barolos

Tasting at La Festa del Barolo


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15 Top Barolos These notes are from a March 2011 tasting that was organized by The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni. We tasted along with 15 of Piedmont’s top producers who gave brief observations regarding their wines, the region and life in general.

In regards to the 2007s, it was stressed that the character of the vintage was formed by many complicated elements of the growing season. It was a warmer year, but it was also an extremely long growing season with an early arrival to the cooling nights of autumn.

These elements combined to endow these wines with intense ripe fruit as well as fresh, crisp structures -- an almost unprecedented style, according to Antonio. The wines showed quite well today and in general seem to be better-balanced than the 2007 Barbarescos tasted last year. The extra hand time enjoyed by Barolo seems to have allowed the vines to refresh themselves before harvest. I will be tasting many more 2007 Barolo in the coming months and hope to be able to offer a more complete impression of the vintage then.

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