This should have been one of the most difficult lists to compile since Barolo is my favorite wine and there are two dozen or so producers I follow to some extent or another. Recent events, such as price changes and style shifts, have made this a bit of a challenge. I would have liked to include a Barbaresco for variety if nothing else, but the two that came to mind have sprinted beyond our budget here. Not really a surprising state of affairs given the wine’s respective quality, but tough to justify the expenditure when titans such as these are still so fairly priced.
The producers listed here represent both the old and the young guard of traditionalism in Piemonte.
Great recent vintages of Barolo to look out for include 2006, 2004, 2001, and 1999.
Tip: 2005 is a bit of a sleeper vintage worth checking out as well as it is generally well priced after being passed over by many collectors.
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