Vintage

Year       Rating      Drinkability      Style
2010       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Copious yields, so green-harvesting essential. Excellent quality and staying power.  
2009       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  A very hot summer and an early harvest gave rich, opulent and hedonistic wines.
2008       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Another 2008 vintage saved by an Indian summer. Expect intense flavours but a more elegant structure than last year. Low yielding harvest.
2007       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Lengthy ripening season produced well-structured, aromatic wines with plentiful but ripe, velvety tannins.
2006       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  For growers who worked judiciously in the vineyards, the vintage is expected to show a classic, good structure, nice restraint on the fruit but a certain element of power as well.
2005       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it's been a tough and difficult vintage.
2004       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Well balanced wines with ripe fruit.
2003       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Deep, bold reds with high levels of alcohol and in the best cases balanced with ripe fruit.
2002       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          An average year, the best of which will be a relatively elegant style of Barolo.
2001       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Lovely, ripe with good concentration and with excellent aging potential—chewy, concentrated, and phenolic.
2000       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  Quality is good to very good in all the major Barolo areas.
1999       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  A decent vintage with a good late ripening season, quality depends on the individual grower.
1998       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  The third great vintage in a row.
1997       starstarstarstarstar     drink soon         An outstanding vintage which produced superbly ripe wines for mid-term ageing.
1996       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A troublesome vintage, though the top growers still managed to produce some excellent wines.
1995       starstarstarstarstar     drink soon         An over-hyped vintage at the time, the wines now seem lacking in fruit.
1994       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          Prolonged rain caused serious problems although a few producers still made good wines.
1993       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A variable vintage of irregular quality. Some good Barolo.
1992       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          Cold and wet weather at harvest time produced thin, light wines.
1991       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A better vintage than first thought, but not up to the standard of the previous three.
1990       starstarstarstarstar     keep                  A superb vintage all round with Barolo and set for a long life.
1989       starstarstarstarstar     drink soon         An excellent vintage, free of the rains which plagued the rest of Italy.
1988       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          October rains were a problem but the wines from this vintage finally turned out well.
1987       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          Uneven quality overall.
1986       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          Serious hail problems in many Barolo communes. Some good wines were still made.
1985       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A superb vintage with rich, perfumed wines destined for long ageing.
1984       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A sub-standard Piedmont vintage.
1983       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A weak vintage producing lightweight, early-maturing wines.
1982       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A tremendous vintage for big, rich and fruity Barolo.
1981       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          An unexceptional year of only average quality.
1980       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A sound, rather than exciting, vintage.
1979       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A good year of above average quality.
1978       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          An excellent vintage which produced well-structured, long-lived wines.
1977       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          Wines were adequate at best.
1976       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          An unremarkable vintage producing few wines suitable for long-term ageing.
1975       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A vintage now best forgotten.
1974       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A good vintage after two disappointing years.
1973       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          An indifferent year with few wines of note.
1972       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          A uniformly dreadful vintage.
1971       starstarstarstarstar     drink now          The second great year in a row, with very fine Barolo.