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Flashcards in Piedmont Vintage Deck (49):
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Piedmont: 1970 & 1971

Both excellent; 1971 slightly edges out 1970.

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Piedmont: 1972

Disaster - declassified by the chamber of commerce (under pressure from the mediatori).

3

Piedmont: 1973

Poor to average quality, varies by cru.

4

Piedmont: 1974

Good but not great vintage; high quantity.

5

Piedmont: 1975-1977

Low quality, very difficult due to rain in the spring and at harvest.

6

Piedmont: 1978

Exceptional - powerfully structured, very slow maturing wines.

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Piedmont: 1979

Good, troubled by rain at harvest (October).

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Piedmont: Exceptional vintages of the 1970's

1970
1971
1978

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Piedmont: Disaster vintages of the 1970's

1972
1973
1975
1976
1977

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Piedmont: 1980 & 1981

Damp and difficult.

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Piedmont: 1982

Rich, weighty, well-balanced. Similar to BDX.

12

Piedmont: 1983

Big crop, no concentration, major fungal disease.

13

Piedmont: 1984

Disaster, especially for Barbaresco.

14

Piedmont: 1985

Excellent; similar in some ways to 1978, but a larger crop.

15

Piedmont: 1986

Variable - major hail in Barolo (none in Barbaresco).

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Piedmont: 1987

Very difficult - heavy rain at harvest. Generally poor.

17

Piedmont: 1988

Solidly good, especially in Barbaresco (some issues with rain at harvest time in Barolo). Soft, attractive, and full.

18

Piedmont: 1989

Exceptional; overshadowed by 1990 which means the pricing is often better.

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Piedmont: Excellent vintages of the 1980's

1982
1985
1988
1989

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Piedmont: Poor vintages of the 1980's

1980
1981
1983
1984
1987

21

Piedmont: 1990

Big power, big aromatics; one of the most highly reviewed vintages of the century.

22

Piedmont: 1991

Wet summer and autumn; wines are light and washed out.

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Piedmont: 1992

Massive rains in autumn resulted in an almost total washout.

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Piedmont: 1993

Irregular; generally poor, but not as bad as 1991 or 1992.

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Piedmont: 1994

Again, wet and cool in the fall. Very difficult.

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Piedmont: 1995

Small crop due to hail. Good; certainly the best of the last five, but not as good as what came after.

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Piedmont: 1996

Difficult spring, but the results were very good. First of a string of excellent vintages.

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Piedmont: 1997

Warm vintage with a prolonged hot spell; high sugar levels, lowered acidities, some stuck fermentations. Wines are very approachable young; a much-heralded vintage in the American press.

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Piedmont: 1998

Fine and elegant; likely much more ageworthy than 1997.

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Piedmont: 1999

Very good - rich, and voluptuous. Recalls 1997.

31

Piedmont: Excellent vintages of the 1990's

1990
1995-1999

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Piedmont: Poor vintages of the 1990's

1991-1994

33

Piedmont: 2000

Very good vintage; smaller crop. Softer and full-bodied.

34

Piedmont: 2001

High quality and quantity; relatively early harvest. Some lowered acidities; softer in structure.

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Piedmont: 2002

Very, very difficut; hail, rot, unripeness. Some great wines by producer.

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Piedmont: 2003

Overripe, somewhat raisinated. Better wines from older vines. Good but may be overblown.

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Piedmont: 2004

Lovely, well-balanced. "Like 1964."

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Piedmont: 2005

Solid but not outstanding; some difficulties from drought.

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Piedmont: 2006

Challenging season, but results are classic wines with fine structure and power.

40

Piedmont: 2007

Hot summer, hail, low yields, ripe wines. Small crop of good quality.

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Piedmont: 2008

Austere and strict in comparison to 2007's plushness; potential for great staying power.

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Piedmont: 2009

Very warm vintage, with severe dryness and water stress. Lowered acidity and some rough tannin due to vine shutdown. Quality varies by producer.

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Piedmont: 2010

Irregular fruit set; some strict selection necessary. Results are an outstanding, classic vintage with high acid, firm and ripe tannins and great balance.

44

Piedmont: 2011

Very hot vintage, early harvest. Wines are ripe, supple, and occasionally very high alcohol.

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Piedmont: 2012

Heat wave in August caused shutdown; subsequent rain restarted the growing cycle and autumn was long and dry. Lighter-styled vintage, with good acidity and freshness.

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Piedmont: 2013

Difficult spring led to a hot, sunny, dry summer. Currently looks to be moving on par with 2010.

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Piedmont: 2014

Wet winter, wet spring, disastrous hailstorms in July, especially in Barolo. Will be a small crop, likely very lightly styled.

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Piedmont: 2015

Hottest July on record; mitigated by high water tables from rain in the spring. Looking good, if lower in acidity than ideal.

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Piedmont: Exceptional older vintages:

1958
1961
1962 (overshadowed by 1961)
1964