Barolo: New and Recent Releases, Part 2

by Ian D’Agata

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This is the second instalment in the annual Barolo new and recent releases. Most of the wines described are of the 2018 and 2017 vintages, with a smattering of 2016s, 2015s, 2014s and even a few late-released 2013s, but we even have a few 2019s included, wines that are in bottle and waiting to be released officially next year. Overall, the song remains the same: 2019 is a very promising vintage of very pretty wines; 2018 is a difficult vintage where you need to pick and choose carefully but there are many wines that are better than expected; 2017 is ven more difficult than 2018 and I would buy very little if anything (though as always there are exceptions); 2016 is one of the greatest Barolo vintages of all time and 2015 is not far behind it; 2014 was mostly disappointing but what successful wines were made are really very good; and 2013 is a year of excellent highly refined, very classic Barolos.


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Ian D'Agata

Editor-in-Chief of Terroir Sense Wine Review
President of Terroir Sense Academy
Vice President of Association Internationale des Terroirs
Chief Scientific Officer of TasteSpirit

Ian D’Agata has been writing and educating about wines for over thirty years. Internationally recognized as an distinguished expert, critic and writer on many wine regions, his two most recent, award winning books Native Wine Grapes of Italy and Italy's Native Wine Grape Terroirs (both published by University of California Press) are widely viewed as the "state of the art" textbooks on the subject. The former book won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year in 2015 and was ranked as the top wine books of the year for the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times, while the latter was named among the best wine books of the year by Food & Wine Magazine and the NY Times.

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