Barbaresco 2014 – a vintage surprise


Walter has a unique inside track on the latest releases from Barbaresco, a total of 140 2014s and 2012 Riservas. 

The 2014 is Italy’s bad rap vintage due to an unusual cool and very wet growing season. All hopes seemed to be dashed when an initially warm late summer was affected by yet more rain. Already by early summer of 2014, months before anyone had tasted the wines, word was that Italy had a disastrous vintage on its hands. Producers were infuriated by this precocious condemnation of a vintage no one had tasted. At the time more than one producer...