Piedmont Vintage

Vintage: 2000 Rating: 4*

A hot late summer led to very ripe wines with moderate acidity and some jamminess. Appealing but initially overrated.
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Vintage: 2001 Rating: 5*

After a hot summer, a cool September slowed ripening. Those who waited made superbly structured wines with excellent balance.
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Vintage: 2002 Rating: 1.5*

Hail after a poor August damaged grapes. Only the most selective growers made decent wines.
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Vintage: 2003 Rating: 2.5*

Intense summer heat, although refreshed by late August rains, led to super-ripe wines high in alcohol. Many cooked and dry wines.
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Vintage: 2004 Rating: 4*

A mild summer was followed by a dry autumn, yielding fruity wines with immediate appeal. But they have evolved fast.
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Vintage: 2005 Rating: 4*

The cool August and some autumn rains made this a tricky vintage, but the best wines, especially from Barbaresco, are fresh and lively.
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Vintage: 2006 Rating: 5*

A tricky growing season but a classic year, delivering bold, tannic, and sometimes austere wines that will repay cellaring.
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Vintage: 2007 Rating: 4*

Warm weather led to an early harvest of fruity grapes with fairly low acidity. Many delicious wines, best enjoyed young.
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Vintage: 2008 Rating: 5*

A difficult summer with some hail, but September was fine. Wines with firm tannins that require ageing. Excellent in La Morra.
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Vintage: 2009 Rating: 4.5*

A hot year, delivering lush succulent wines, but with moderate acidity. Can already be enjoyed for their abundant fruitiness.
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Vintage: 2010 Rating: 5*

Superb weather in late summer and September, giving slow ripening. The wines are vibrant and structured, with admirable tension and ageability. Marginally less successful in Barbaresco.
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Vintage: 2011 Rating: 4.5*

Hot humid conditions led to wines that are ripe and sumptuous, but already beginning to drink well. Excellent wines from Barbaresco.
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Vintage: 2012Rating: 3*

Hail and sunburn were just some of the problems this year, and growers had to respond adroitly in the vineyards. Some fine wines, but others are soft and forward.
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Vintage: 2013 Rating: 4.5*

A cool summer and an abundant crop that need to be thinned to achieve full ripeness. A year of fragrant, elegant wines that are now gaining in structure.
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Vintage: 2014 Rating: 4*

After a stormy summer, a fine September saved the vintage, although hail did much damage. Yet top growers produced fine, elegant wines. Better in Barbaresco.
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Vintage: 2015 Rating: 5*

Torrid July but cooler, moister conditions in August and September brought the grapes to ripeness, especially in Barbaresco. A small crop of charming wines.
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Vintage: 2016 Rating: 5*

Very warm weather in early September and October fully ripened the grapes, which remained healthy. Exceptional vintage for Nebbiolo.
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Source: Decanter

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