2003 Barolo? Snap up 2006 and 2008!
Now that we are confronted with ever more hot vintages, I am bracing myself for recurring tastings of wines that were the result (or victim, depending on the point of view) of high temperatures and little or no rain during the growing cycle. The 2003 vintage is a classic example for large parts of Italy of a hot vintage that initially was hailed as a great one (as all hot vintages were before 2003) but in actual fact heralded a new era: that of the awareness that climate change was to play a decisive role in every wine producer's life from now on. It is not that there haven't been any hot vintages in the past, but never...
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