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2009 Barolo

While I’ve only visited three wineries over the past two days, with many more to come, it’s not too early to have a general idea regarding the quality of the vintage. Based on the wines I’ve tasted, as well as barrel samples tasted last year and talks with producers, it seem as though the 2009 vintage is shaping up to be another impressive vintage, though one with two stories.

It was a warm if not hot vintage, and those producers with cooler sites, or who were comfortable picking relatively early in the season, managed to capture both freshness and richness of fruit in their wines. The weather during harvest was excellent, with the temptation to keep allowing fruit to ripen, which some producers did resulting in rather explosively fruity wines that may lack some freshness and be decidedly alcoholic. I’ll be writing up a full report on the vintage in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, to those of you who love classic Barolo, I would suggest remaining focused on the 2008s.

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