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The 2018 vintage has an excellent reputation, especially in northern Italy. Admittedly, the high rainfall in May and June made the vintners sweat a little when it came to keeping downy mildew at bay. But from the middle of the year onwards, the weather was even; ideal, stable high-pressure weather prevailed at harvest time.

The wines, however, only partially reflect these ideal conditions. The line-up is still manageable with 56 wines from 2018, but what we have been able to taste so far shows a lot of mid-range and a still relatively small but convincing top.

Many Barbaresco from our tasting lacked a bit of juiciness, energy and complexity for higher consecrations, even though the quality was very good.