Wine Searcher: Italy generally had a very good year with both Piedmont and Tuscany producing very nice wines, although Tuscany was slightly more inconsistent.
Piedmont: WS: Drink or Hold – Barolos are elegant, balanced and expressive, with fruit and savory elements; elegant, intense, even austere Barbarescos. JR: A dry autumn allowed a delayed harvest. The best wines show acidic nerve, balance and freshness. Overall a light vintage but with several excellent wines on the top level.
Tuscany/Chianti: WS: Drink or Hold – Firmly structured wines that are rich yet elegant. JR: In spite of the intense heat, 2012 resulted in medium-bodied, fresh and at times rather light wines, arguably a welcome change from the heavy and sometimes alcoholic 2011s.