9 Jul 2013
Barbaresco and Roero 2010
See also Walter's introduction to Barolo 2009 and his 218 tasting notes.
The 2010 season was not unlike this year (2013), when an abundance of rain has created huge fungal pressure and made it all but impossible to enter the vineyards with tractors due to the very soggy soils. The 2010 spring rains were equally frequent – although downy mildew was less dramatic in 2010 than is currently the case in much of the Langhe. (Downy mildew, or peronospora, attacks the young leaves, impairing photosynthesis and shrinking the eventual crop. Quite apart from the intense amount of work needed...