100 pointer wines: Is 2010 Barolo’s Greatest Year Yet?

The ex-Wine Advocate critic believes the 2010 vintage is shaping up to be “a modern-day classic,” and that the wines are “spectacular.”

He has awarded perfect 100-point scores to three wines: Vietti Barolo Ravera, and Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino and out of the Great Domaines Italian portfolio, the Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne. A further 14 wines scored unusually high – all 97 points or above.

In Galloni’s view, the cool 2010 growing season has produced “transparent, vibrant Barolos that pulsate with tension, crystalline purity and site-specific nuance.”

Another one of our Piedmontese producers, Elio Grasso has also received recognition. The property features among Galloni’s pick of five lesser-known producers to watch. They are all small, artisan producers who make delicious wines that remain affordable. The vintage report from, boldly declares that this latest 2010 Barolo vintage will attract widespread interest worldwide, and may even take on the likes of Burgundy. In Burgundy, yields of -40% to -80% and higher prices than 2011 are going to make the 2012s virtually impossible to find and very expensive

While nebbiolo is a tannic beast compared to pinot noir, Galloni believes Burgundy lovers will be happy to make the switch because “advances in viticulture have made young Barolos much less imposing and tannic than they were in the 1970s and 1980s. Today’s Barolos are finessed, elegant wines.”

According to Galloni, interest in the new Barolo vintage will also be boosted by a difficult 2013 vintage in Bordeaux, “uneven” 2009 Brunello di Montalcino wines, and limited availability of Napa Valley cabernets from 2011.

What does this mean for you? Well, Great Domaines has stock of this soon-to-be-legendary vintage but quantities are limited. Get yours now before it’s too late. Seriously.

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