The suppleness and elegance of the 2018 Barolos may lead fans of these reds to think of earlier vintages from Piedmont, located in the shadow of the Alps in northwest Italy. Missing this year is the tannic structure that has defined Barolo for the previous three vintages. What you’ll find instead are freshness and gracefulness, along with purity of fruit, giving the 2018s a profile not typically found in young Barolos—namely, an approachability that offers immediate gratification.
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