Good Barolo Comes to Those Who Wait

By most accounts, 2010 was an outstanding year for Barolo. Based on the wine panel’s recent tasting of 20 bottles from the vintage, I have no reason to disagree.

We found many wonderful wines in our small but representative sample. But the tasting raised questions about who will be drinking wines like these and whether many of the bottles will be allowed to reach their full potential.

The conventional wisdom nowadays is that most people are unwilling or unable to age wines for long periods of time. They no longer have the money, the storage or the patience to wait years. Nor do most restaurants. As a result, many wines are made differently today than they were 30 to 40 years ago, partly so that they will not require prolonged aging to become enjoyable.