B-21 Top Recommendation
An ideal growing season in Barolo combined with the ever-increasing skills of the top Piedmont winemakers resulted in a plethora of "truly spectacular, breathtaking wines" according to wine critic Antonio Galloni, "one that captures all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of." We couldn't agree more. The classic 2016 vintage was characterized by even temperatures and well-timed rain throughout the growing season, with falling evening temps in September setting the stage for a late harvest. The resulting wines exhibit perfect balance and structure with integrated tannins, with several garnering 100pt ratings. But as in any exceptional vintage, the real opportunity lies in the highly rated "entry level" Barolo delivering big value. From the elegant 95pt 2016 Domenico Clerico to the Wine Enthusiast's Editor's Choice, the lush 2016 Giacomo Brezza & Figli, the remaining short list of 2016 Barolo is filled with value wines that will improve with age for years to come. These 2016s, labeled "Blue Chip Barolo" by the Wine Spectator's Piedmont expert Bruce Sanderson, present an opportunity to pick up some amazing wines at end of vintage pricing. With the 2017s arriving daily, these 2016 Barolo bargains represent a grand finale from a vintage considered by critics across the board to be one of the best in decades.