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2000 Barolo

Drinking my way down memory lane in preparation for Piedmont

While getting ready to make my annual pilgrimage to Piedmont, I like to get reacquainted with some of the wines. I already have a tasting of 2008 Barolo, a vintage I have previously praised quite highly on my schedule. But with a tasting of 2009 on my schedule in Italy, I wanted to take a look at a similar vintage, one marked by warm weather and celebrated on release for the power of its fruit. I was never particularly high on the 2000 vintage, though not as down on it as others. It's a solid vintage, a bit simple but with plenty of fruit, and good volume in the mouth. Never destined to make old bones, it is nonetheless Barolo, a wine that can easily age for decades. Now that we're 13 years past the vintage, the wines should tell the story of the vintage quite well. Are they still hold...

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Barolo 2008 Revisited

Taking another look at this surprising vintage

With just a few days to go before my departure for Piedmont, I was thrilled to have been able to join in Antonio Galloni’s brilliant La Festa del Barolo this year. Featuring a tasting of 2008 Barol...

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Chianti for Every Day

It's time to revisit this wine lover's staple. Better than ever and still great values.

Often overlooked, and suffering still from its days in straw covered fiasci, Chianti continues to offer great value to the savvy shopper. A large region of Tuscany is devoted to the production of C...

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The Best of 2008 Barolo

GDP gives his tasting notes on his favorite wine

As many of you already know, Barolo is my favorite wine. I look forward to my annual visits to the region, where I taste several hundred wines each year. As can be the case with such repetitive vis...

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