Blue Chip Barolo

The classic 2016 vintage is the best harvest in two decades for Piedmont’s top red

Blue Chip Barolo
The 2016 vintage of Barolo and Barbaresco features top-scoring wines from producers like Roagna, Vietti and G.D. Vajra (Molchen Photo)
From the Apr 30, 2021, issue

Italy’s northern region of Piedmont is home to a wide variety of wines made from red and white native varieties, but its reputation and success are driven by the leading appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco. Among the vintages covered in senior editor Bruce Sanderson's report, stretching from 2019 back to 2010, the 2016 vintage for Barolo is generating the most excitement at the moment. Get his vintage rating, top wine picks among the recent releases and value wine recommendations, including bottlings of Barbera and Dolcetto.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

8 Delectable Chianti Classicos Up to 92 Points

8 Delectable Chianti Classicos Up to 92 Points

New reviews of rich and complex Italian reds from Tuscany

Apr 15, 2021
10 Outstanding California Chardonnays

10 Outstanding California Chardonnays

New reviews of white wines from Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and beyond, all earning 90 …

Apr 12, 2021
10 Delicious Spanish Whites for $24 or Less

10 Delicious Spanish Whites for $24 or Less

New reviews of impressive Albariño, Verdejo, Grenache Blanc and more up to 90 points

Apr 8, 2021
Quality and Quantity: Produttori del Barbaresco's 2016 Single-Vineyard Riservas

Quality and Quantity: Produttori del Barbaresco's 2016 Single-Vineyard Riservas

The cooperative's 2016 Nebbiolo riservas are the best yet among a recent run of excellent …

Apr 7, 2021
Open Range

Open Range

Led by Syrah, California Rhônes expand the map for distinctive reds

May 31, 2021
Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Amid a run of warmer vintages, Burgundy producers find success with their 2018 reds

May 31, 2021