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2008 Barolo

Speaking of wine, that is of course the main reason I find myself in Piedmont today, to taste the recently released 2009 Barolo vintage and 2010 Barbarescos. It will take some time for me to work through my notes, but I did recently re-taste several 2008 Barolos, and I should say that my initial opinions remain unchanged.

This is a very good vintage that is exciting to taste, and part of that excitement comes from the irregular nature of the vintage. The fruit in 2008 wanted to produce wines that were agile, fresh, perfumed and elegant, so if a producer over-reached, their wines did come across as chunky and inelegant. For those producers who took advantage of everything the vintage offered, they produced some thrilling wines.

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