Wine critics have heaped praise on the Barolo 2010 vintage, so would the wines live up to their reputation? See scores and tasting notes awarded by a panel of Decanter experts.

Barolo has never been better, and a seemingly endless run of successful vintages should help it conquer new markets and generations of wine lovers.

Aside from the rain-plagued 2002 and incredibly hot 2003 vintages, there has been nothing but above-average, classic or outstanding years since 1999, and Barolo 2010 looks to be one of the best of recent times.

Wine lovers can turn confidently to the Barolo 2010 wines, just as they could to the lovely 2009 and classic 2008s before them. There are many great bottles to choose from. See them below and click the links to read full tasting notes, drinking windows and scores from individual tasters.

Brezza, Sarmassa, Barolo 2010

A bastion of traditionally made wines, Barolo lovers know that there are fewer surer bets than the wines of Enzo…

Points 95

When well made, Barolo is one of the world’s truly great wines, characterised by a perfume of roses, violets, sweet spices, minerals and sour red cherry, and an uncommon blend of powerful tannins yet delicate flavours similar to the aromas.

Barolo is also one of the world’s most ageworthy wines (a well kept 1947 or 1961 Barolo is unforgettable), so it’s easy to understand why many wine lovers and collectors hold it in such high esteem.

Another plus is that Barolo, much like red Burgundy (to which it is often compared) is very site-specific, with evident differences between the communes. Generally speaking, wines from La Morra and Barolo, with their magnesium- and manganese-rich soils, develop faster and are drinkable at five to eight years from the vintage (though wines from great vintages will easily keep 40 years or more).