2004 Barolo and Barbaresco revisited


Tasting 2004 Barolo and Barbaresco at 10 years of age last May during the annual presentation of the latest vintage of both wines made me realise the folly of trying to assess embryonic Barolo. There is probably not a wine in the world except, perhaps, for port that changes so dramatically in the first 10 years of its life, potentially making a fool of anyone trying to predict its future development at such a ridiculously early stage.

I suspect that the organisers of Nebbiolo Prima, the Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero en primeur, set up these retrospective tastings almost to illustrate...