Barolo 2015 & Barbaresco 2016

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The 2015 and 2016 vintages are being acclaimed in Piedmont. The Nebbiolos are open and approachable with sumptuous fruit yet an appealing freshness. While the newrelease 2015 Barolos offer delicious drinking over the next decade, their 2016 Barbaresco compatriots may close up after a year or two in bottle. They’re wines that require a bit more patience but will be worth waiting for.

There’s something invigorating about the 2016 Barbarescos. They are not massive or overbearing but have an intensity and verve reminiscent of 2010 in the best cases. And while the 2016s may not have the weight of the 2015s, they show more finesse.

Meanwhile, unripe flavours and grating tannins are almost non-existent in the 2015 Barolos. For those who enjoy the complexity that bottle age can bring, then this may not be an ideal year. Nor is there any shortage of magnificent bottles that combine rich fruit with a robust structure and good ageing potential. It’s worth noting that similar reservations were expressed about 2009 Barolos, yet many of them show no signs of flagging.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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