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