Year’s Best from Italy – To Date

6 thoughts on “Year’s Best from Italy – To Date”

  1. That’s very interesting about the Rosso Saverio. I will have to look for that. And a ’94 Fiano? That’s great that they’re holding so well- again, a testament to the quality of this grape in some winemakers’ hands. We heard that the 2006 was an outstanding Barolo year, and then 2007 was supposed to be (arguably) better. Now, as you mention, the 2008s are predicted to be a classic vintage. It’s become a bit confusing, at least for me. In your opinion, what really distinquishes these three vintages, and which do you prefer and why? Mark

    1. Mark:

      The Rosso Saverio is truly one of a kind, while the ’94 Vadiaperti Fiano is a stunner – it’s as though the wine hadn’t aged a bit.

      Re: Barolo. 2006 ann 2008 are more classic Piemontese vintages, while 2007 is a bit more forward. All are impressive vintages. 2006 is the most full-bodied of the three and will need more time. 2007s are lovely wines, quite elegant with good acidity. These wines will peak sonner than ’06 or ’08. The ’08 Barolos are lovely wines with gorgeous aromatics ( as with the 2004s) and outstanding structure. These are not as tightly wrapped as the ’06s, but they may ultimately age more gracefully.

  2. Tom,
    Thanks for the rundown on the vintages- that helps. Would you suggest the Barbarescos follow a similar dynamic? I was in a wine shop on the main drag in La Morra last May where these two Italians got in an argument about which Barolo vintage was better, the 2006 or 2007. They were in agreement, however, that the best Barolos come from La Morra. Mark

    1. Mark:

      Yes, similar notes for the vintages on Barbaresco. I like your story about the two Italians arguing about the vintages. I would have loved to have heard that discussion!

      As for the best Barolos coming from La Morra, that depends on what you are looking for. The La Morra Barolos are generally more perfumed than others and given the relatively rounder tannins, the wines are more approachable and inviting upon release. However, there are some lovely polished Barolos from Verduno (Fratelli Alessandria Monvigliero) as well as Novello (Elvio Cogno).

      If I have to name one commune that produces the most “typical” Barolos (whatever that word typical means), I would opt for Serralunga d’Alba. These are not the easiest wines to understand, especially when young, but given the structure of the wines from this commune, these are among the most classic Barolos when they are 15-25 years of age. Look for Massolino Parafada and Vigna Rionda Riserva, Fontanafredda “La Rosa”, Ceretto “Prapo”, Davide Rosso “Ceretta” and Ettore Germano “Ceretta” among others.

    1. Charles:

      Thanks. Isn’t it nice to know that 2011 is much too young for these wines? The Vadiaperti wines age beautifully! Hopefully, you will have the chance to try some of his older wines.

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