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Piedmont vintage guide in brief

A summary of Piedmont vintages from 2016 back to 1990 inclusive, written by Decanter contributing editor Stephen Brook. Ratings are from one to five stars.


Vintage: 1990

Rating: 5*

A perfect September led to an easy and healthy harvest in early October. Superb wines.

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Vintage: 1991

Rating: 2*

Heavy September rain killed expectations after a good summer. Forgettable.

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Vintage: 1992

Rating: 2*

A wet, cool growing season led to lightweight wines.

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Vintage: 1993

Rating: 3*

An Indian summer in October couldn’t make up for an uneven summer and wet late September.

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Vintage: 1994

Rating: 3.5*

A decent summer, but September proved cool and damp. Selection required to avoid rot. Patchy wines.

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Vintage: 1995

Rating: 4.5*

A cool summer with sporadic hail. But the autumn was fine and the crop healthy. Elegant wines that lack some weight.

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Vintage: 1996

Rating: 5*

Storms and cool spells meant the summer was imperfect, but a fine September brought full ripeness. Excellent in Barbaresco. Robust, structured wines with high acidity the long haul.

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Vintage: 1997

Rating: 3.5*

A hot and precocious summer led to some overripeness, though fresher in Barbaresco. Plump wines with immediate appeal, but limited structure.

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Vintage: 1998

Rating: 4*

A hot summer and cool September, but the grapes did ripen, although the wines are tannic and sturdy.

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Vintage: 1999

Rating: 4.5*

A fine vintage despite some September rains. Elegant and balanced wines with ageing potential.

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Vintage: 2000

Rating: 4*

A hot late summer led to very ripe wines with moderate acidity and some jamminess. Appealing but initially overrated.

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Vintage: 2001

Rating: 5*

After a hot summer, a cool September slowed ripening. Those who waited made superbly structured wines with excellent balance.

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Vintage: 2002

Rating: 1.5*

Hail after a poor August damaged grapes. Only the most selective growers made decent wines.

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Vintage: 2003

Rating2.5*

Intense summer heat, although refreshed by late August rains, led to super-ripe wines high in alcohol. Many cooked and dry wines.

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Vintage: 2004

Rating: 4*

A mild summer was followed by a dry autumn, yielding fruity wines with immediate appeal. But they have evolved fast.

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Vintage: 2005

Rating: 4*

The cool August and some autumn rains made this a tricky vintage, but the best wines, especially from Barbaresco, are fresh and lively.

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Vintage: 2006

Rating: 5*

A tricky growing season but a classic year, delivering bold, tannic, and sometimes austere wines that will repay cellaring.

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Vintage: 2007

Rating: 4*

Warm weather led to an early harvest of fruity grapes with fairly low acidity. Many delicious wines, best enjoyed young.

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Vintage: 2008

Rating: 5*

A difficult summer with some hail, but September was fine. Wines with firm tannins that require ageing. Excellent in La Morra.

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Vintage: 2009

Rating: 4.5*

A hot year, delivering lush succulent wines, but with moderate acidity. Can already be enjoyed for their abundant fruitiness.

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Vintage: 2010

Rating: 5*

Superb weather in late summer and September, giving slow ripening. The wines are vibrant and structured, with admirable tension and ageability. Marginally less successful in  Barbaresco.

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Vintage: 2011

Rating: 4.5*

Hot humid conditions led to wines that are ripe and sumptuous, but already beginning to drink well. Excellent wines from Barbaresco.

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Vintage: 2012

Rating: 3*

Hail and sunburn were just some of the problems this year, and growers had to respond adroitly in the vineyards. Some fine wines, but others are soft and forward.

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See our Barolo Riserva 2012 report


Vintage: 2013

Rating: 4.5*

A cool summer and an abundant crop that need to be thinned to achieve full ripeness. A year of fragrant, elegant wines that are now gaining in structure.

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See our Barberesco Riserva 2013 report


Vintage: 2014

Rating: 4*

After a stormy summer, a fine September saved the vintage, although hail did much damage. Yet top growers produced fine, elegant wines. Better in Barbaresco.

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See our Barolo 2014 vintage report


Vintage: 2015

Rating: 5*

Torrid July but cooler, moister conditions in  August and September brought the grapes to ripeness, especially in Barbaresco. A small crop of charming wines.

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Vintage: 2016

Rating: 4.5* Not yet released    

Very warm weather in early September and October fully ripened the grapes, which remained healthy. Potentially excellent.

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