I was thinking about Barolo 2005 today for some reason and I pulled out a video of a tasting of 2005, 2006, and 2007 single-vineyard Barolos in my office in Tuscany with Luca Currado of Vietti. The wines were wonderful, as always, with focused and refined fruit and wonderful harmony.
Nebbiolo lovers are in for some very good to excellent wines with these three vintages. I think that 2006 is the weakest of the three and 2007 may be the strongest. But I also love 2005. The latter shows so much ripe fruit on the palate, with beautiful round, soft tannins too. I will be tasting them in about a month or so from bottle in blind tastings in my office.
I remember tasting them from barrel last year during a road trip to Piedmont. I was surprised how outstanding many of the 2005 Barolos were, and many producers seemed a little unsure about the quality. I think that they often prefer harder, more acidic vintages—what they think is more "classic" in style.
But the classic vintages can sometimes fool you. Look at the 1999s now. They are starting to fade a little, with meager fruit and hard tannins. Some are drying out. I will be doing a more in-depth retrospective of that vintage later this year, however, so I don't want to generalize.
In any case, it’s sometimes hard to believe how lucky Barolo producers have been since 1996—not including 2002, they've had 12 very good or better vintages in that time. Mother Nature has rewritten the history books for Nebbiolo, and more and more consumers are turning on to the unique grape, as they are riper and better made than in the past. I only wish that they were a little less expensive.
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