Barolo's 2019 growing season

View of the alps from Monforte d'Alba

Reports from around the region. Is it as good as 2016? Seen here Walter's November 2019 view of the alps from Monforte d'Alba.

Last November, while I was tasting my way through the brilliant 2016 Barolos in the Langhe, I also wanted to find out what producers thought of the 2019 vintage. The question attracted the suspicion of several producers, who refused to be drawn on what they believed to be a premature quality assessment of a vintage that hasn’t even finished alcoholic fermentation. The after-effects of others’ condemnation of the 2014 vintage in July of that year – a...