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Vintage Chart for Piedmont

2017* A very dry, hot season led to the earliest harvest in ten years, but there was enough rain in September to avoid over-ripeness.
2016*** Shaping up to be a classic as good season was followed by perfect harvest conditions; richness may equal 2015 but tannic structure should be riper and acidity higher.
2015*A good water supply resulted from rain and snow over the previous winter, it was very hot from June to August, but then cooler than average for September and October. Results are mixed.
2014 "2014 was a difficult year. It started raining in March and did not stop until November," says Alan Manley at Luciano Sandrone.
2013 ** Wet at first, then hot, leading to late harvest. Wines are expected to be very good or great.
2012 * The 2012 vintage was much derided by the international press, but there are many wines showing the essential character of Nebbiolo, fragrant and sometimes even delicate. The problem is that flavor variety can be a bit one dimensional, but in another four or five years, the best wines should show an elegance that should last for another four or five years. Better in Barolo than Barbaresco.
2011 ** A hot vintage gave very ripe grapes and forceful wines, but not absolutely top notch as some have too much alcohol. Good for Barbera.
2010 *** A classically cool growing season but with consistent good weather. Widely regarded as a great year in Barolo, perhaps even legendary, although not as good in Barbaresco.
2009 * Warm year; heat caused vines to shut down, causing erratic ripening. Everything depends on individual harvest conditions.
2008 ** Cool growing season followed by Indian summer gave quite powerful wines on the austere side.

For older vintages see Tuscany or Vintages

 

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