Flashcards in Piedmont Vintage Deck (49):
Piedmont: 1970 & 1971
Both excellent; 1971 slightly edges out 1970.
Disaster - declassified by the chamber of commerce (under pressure from the mediatori).
Poor to average quality, varies by cru.
Good but not great vintage; high quantity.
Low quality, very difficult due to rain in the spring and at harvest.
Exceptional - powerfully structured, very slow maturing wines.
Good, troubled by rain at harvest (October).
Piedmont: Exceptional vintages of the 1970's
Piedmont: Disaster vintages of the 1970's
Piedmont: 1980 & 1981
Damp and difficult.
Rich, weighty, well-balanced. Similar to BDX.
Big crop, no concentration, major fungal disease.
Disaster, especially for Barbaresco.
Excellent; similar in some ways to 1978, but a larger crop.
Variable - major hail in Barolo (none in Barbaresco).
Very difficult - heavy rain at harvest. Generally poor.
Solidly good, especially in Barbaresco (some issues with rain at harvest time in Barolo). Soft, attractive, and full.
Exceptional; overshadowed by 1990 which means the pricing is often better.
Piedmont: Excellent vintages of the 1980's
Piedmont: Poor vintages of the 1980's
Big power, big aromatics; one of the most highly reviewed vintages of the century.
Wet summer and autumn; wines are light and washed out.
Massive rains in autumn resulted in an almost total washout.
Irregular; generally poor, but not as bad as 1991 or 1992.
Again, wet and cool in the fall. Very difficult.
Small crop due to hail. Good; certainly the best of the last five, but not as good as what came after.
Difficult spring, but the results were very good. First of a string of excellent vintages.
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.
Fine and elegant; likely much more ageworthy than 1997.
Very good - rich, and voluptuous. Recalls 1997.
Piedmont: Excellent vintages of the 1990's
Piedmont: Poor vintages of the 1990's
Very good vintage; smaller crop. Softer and full-bodied.
High quality and quantity; relatively early harvest. Some lowered acidities; softer in structure.
Very, very difficut; hail, rot, unripeness. Some great wines by producer.
Overripe, somewhat raisinated. Better wines from older vines. Good but may be overblown.
Lovely, well-balanced. "Like 1964."
Solid but not outstanding; some difficulties from drought.
Challenging season, but results are classic wines with fine structure and power.
Hot summer, hail, low yields, ripe wines. Small crop of good quality.
Austere and strict in comparison to 2007's plushness; potential for great staying power.
Very warm vintage, with severe dryness and water stress. Lowered acidity and some rough tannin due to vine shutdown. Quality varies by producer.
Irregular fruit set; some strict selection necessary. Results are an outstanding, classic vintage with high acid, firm and ripe tannins and great balance.
Very hot vintage, early harvest. Wines are ripe, supple, and occasionally very high alcohol.
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.
Difficult spring led to a hot, sunny, dry summer. Currently looks to be moving on par with 2010.
Wet winter, wet spring, disastrous hailstorms in July, especially in Barolo. Will be a small crop, likely very lightly styled.
Hottest July on record; mitigated by high water tables from rain in the spring. Looking good, if lower in acidity than ideal.