It’s really hot here in Tuscany. It’s still in the high 70s tonight, and it was in the mid-90s today. Thank God for the air-conditioning in my office. It’s really strange. It’s humid as well. My assistant Rosanne said it reminded her of Australia in the summer, and she grew up near the seaside. It could turn out to be an excellent harvest if people wait and pick for ripeness in the tannins and not just by potential alcohol levels. Let’s wait and see.
I tasted some more Barolos today. And I am a little surprised with a number of the 2002s I tasted. They were good quality on a whole, but nothing special. Most are drinkable now or in a year or two. They have nice perfumes, with plum and cedar character, but on the palate, they are only medium bodied with fine tannins and a short finish. The vintage was just too diluted, due to rain and cool weather that ran through most of the growing season and into the harvest.
What I can’t understand is why all Barolo producers did not drop their prices. It makes no sense. Wines from some producers, such as Massolino, are actually more expensive for 2002 compared to 2001 (an outstanding vintage!), according to prices supplied by their importers. Pio Cesare was only slightly less expensive.
What do you think about that? Don’t you think that lower quality wines from a lesser vintage in Piedmont should be less expensive than great vintages such as 2001 and 2000?
I say – yes!