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The Old World's potential to produce vintages with individual character is what makes it so interesting and 2018 Barolo is a great example of the unique expressions possible each year. In 2018, Piedmont overcame challenges to produce some fantastic wines - but there are clear differences from producer to producer. Antonio Galloni calls the 2018 Barolo vintage "an enigma" that produced "a number of gorgeous wines". James Suckling agrees, saying that "producers made exceptional wines through hard work."

Yields were reduced due to hail damage - the first in the spring and second in the height of summer. These storms required diligent work - particularly for the latter - to manage quality of fruit in the vineyard. In some sites the crop was reduced by over 50%. There were, too, higher levels of precipitation than normal in spring and early summer, which put stress on the plant and required work in the vineyard to prevent moisture-related diseases. The mid-to-late summer months were warm and dry, allowing for a later harvest at full ripeness. 

The wines have a transparency, delicacy and freshness unlike the structured 2017s or rich 2016s: these are unforced, layered and approachable wines that will be delicious to drink almost from release. Suckling believes the 2018s "have a seductive brightness and delicacy." Unlike "bigger" vintages such as 2017 or 2016, they come in a softer cloak that shines from the bottle at an early stage. Thin skins required careful handling and precise extraction, and many did so very well. Many compare the vintage to 2012, 2008 and 1998. This vintage eschews the perception that Nebbiolo wines have to be hard in youth, there is a Pinot Noir-like approachability that will appeal to those who typically find Piedmont wines hard to love. 

Below we have a selection of wines that we feel represent the best of the vintage from producers that stayed true to their house styles. The majority of these wines can be enjoyed from a younger stage - and will give plenty of pleasure whilst waiting for their 2017 and 2016 counterparts to reach their full potential. 

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2018Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

6 bottle minimum order

BT6 \ 072540.0012 7260Barolo Bricco Boschis, Cavallotto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Bricco Rocche, CerettoBT2 \ 6301,500.0012 30166.66666666667Barolo Bricco Rocche, Ceretto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Brunate, CerettoBT5 \ 060960.0012 60106.66666666667Barolo Brunate, Ceretto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Brunate, CerettoMG2 \ 3151,020.006 15113.33333333333Barolo Brunate, Ceretto1.510
Italy2018Barolo Brunate, ViettiBT1 \ 9211,680.001294 AG21186.6666666666794.0094.00Barolo Brunate, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

6 bottle minimum order

BT1 \ 012420.001295+ FV1246.66666666666795.1095.10Barolo Bussia Pianpolvere, Anselma, Famiglia0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Bussia, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

6 bottle minimum order

BT0 \ 66330.001295 FV636.66666666666795.0095.00Barolo Bussia, Anselma, Famiglia0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Bussia, CerettoBT4 \ 048960.0012 48106.66666666667Barolo Bussia, Ceretto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Cannubi, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

6 bottle minimum order

BT1 \ 012460.001293 AG1251.11111066666793.0093.00Barolo Cannubi, Einaudi0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Castiglione, Vietti

6 bottle minimum order

BT30 \ 6 366390.001292 AG36643.33333333333392.0092.00Barolo Castiglione, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Castiglione, ViettiMG1 \ 06420.00692 AG646.66666666666792.0092.00Barolo Castiglione, Vietti1.510
Italy2018Barolo Cerequio, Michele ChiarloBT5 \ 060660.001296 GH6073.33333333333396.0096.00Barolo Cerequio, Chiarlo, Michele0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Cerequio, ViettiBT1 \ 3152,400.001297 AG15266.6666666666797.0097.00Barolo Cerequio, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

BT1 \ 012270.001293 FV123093.0093.00Barolo Famiglia Anselma, Anselma, Famiglia0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Gavarini Chiniera, Elio GrassoBT5 \ 060575.001291 AG6063.88888933333391.0091.00Barolo Gavarini Chiniera, Grasso, Elio0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté, Elio GrassoBT5 \ 060575.001288 AG6063.88888933333388.0088.00Barolo Ginestra Casa Mate, Grasso, Elio0.7510
Italy2018Barolo La Serra, Cantina Gianni Voerzio Martini

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

BT1 \ 012360.001294+ FV124094.1094.10Barolo La Serra, Voerzio Martini0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Lazzarito, ViettiBT2 \ 9331,600.001294 AG33177.7777773333394.0094.00Barolo Lazzarito, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Le Coste di Monforte, Famiglia Anselma

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

BT1 \ 012360.001295+ FV124095.1095.10Barolo Le Coste, Anselma, Famiglia0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Monvigliero, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

125 Year Anniversary Edition

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

6 bottle minimum order

BT2 \ 024460.001294 AG2451.11111066666794.0094.00Barolo Monvigliero, Einaudi0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Prapo, CerettoBT2 \ 024960.0012 24106.66666666667Barolo Prapo, Ceretto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Ravera, ViettiBT2 \ 6301,680.001295+ AG30186.6666666666795.1095.10Barolo Ravera, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Rocche Costamagna

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

BT17 \ 0 204240.001294+ FV20426.66666666666794.1094.10Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Costamagna0.7510
Italy2018Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, ViettiBT1 \ 3151,680.001296 AG15186.6666666666796.0096.00Barolo Rocche di Castiglione, Vietti0.7510
Italy2018Barolo, CerettoBT5 \ 060360.0012 6040Barolo, Ceretto0.7510
Italy2018Barolo, CerettoMG3 \ 018380.006 1842.222221333333Barolo, Ceretto1.510
Italy2018Barolo, Rocche Costamagna

New Release. Physically available late 2022.

BT5 \ 060195.001292 FV6021.66666666666792.0092.00Barolo, Costamagna0.7510
Italy2018Barolo, MassolinoBT4 \ 048295.001292 AG4832.77777733333392.0092.00Barolo, Massolino0.7510
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.
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