2017 was the hottest and driest vintage to date since weather records have existed, and not only in Piedmont. And yet the wines of the vintage mostly taste quite different from what one would expect. As a rule, they are even somewhat lighter and more accessible than those from the two great vintages of 2015 and 2016. Where everything is right, we are dealing with beguilingly juicy, complex and often surprisingly elegant wines. But the vintage also has another side. Where the harvest
was started too early or there was simply too little water, the wines could also turn out somewhat one-sided, sometimes brittle or even slightly green. So it is important to choose wisely.
Most 17s are accessible relatively early, even many of the very good ones. We advise you not to let them sit blindly for 10 years or more, but to taste a bottle every now and then before that. The absolute tops will certainly benefit from longer storage, but a large part of the wines will probably reach their best drinking window in a few years already.