At the foot of the Alps the small hills around Asti and Alba produce some of the most complex, beguiling and long-lived fine wines in Italy. The Nebbiolo varietal is king here and Barolo produces the most powerful and full-bodied wines in the region.
Excitement is building for the upcoming 2015 releases from Barolo. Most of the wines will become available during the course of the first three months of the year and we will be closely following every release. We have spoken to many top growers throughout the region to get first-hand impressions of the vintage, as well as reviewing what the critics have to say. Winemakers have been smiling ever since the harvest which - apart from some localised hail - brought warm and dry growing conditions, supported by water reserves from the previous two wetter vintages. It is looking like 2015 could be the most outstanding vintage since 2010, with James Suckling even suggesting it could surpass 2010 in terms of quality.
Speaking directly with winemakers throughout the Barolo region we have compiled our 2015 Vintage Report outlining the key factors they believe have shaped the vintage. We spoke to top growers including Roberto Voerzio, Giuseppe Vajra, Franco Conterno, Giovanni Angeli, Pio Boffa and more.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
There is an atmosphere of excitement surrounding the Barolo 2015s among the top Italian critics. James Suckling has been the first to release his full report, stating "[they] have the great fortune of offering instant appeal as well as more in-depth attraction… the hallmark of a truly great vintage… thrilling to taste.”
THE GROWING SEASON
Ferruccio Grimaldi, of Azienda Agricola Giacomo Grimaldi, provides an in-depth review of the 2015 growing season in Piedmont, detailing the conditions that dominated the vintage and had the greatest impact on the year's Nebbiolo harvest.
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