Wine Searcher: Italy had a fantastic year with both Piedmont and Tuscany producing great reds.
Piedmont: WS: Hold – A cooler growing season and late harvest resulted in wines of purity and finesse, with fine acidity; best Barolos since 2010. JR: The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the already legendary 2010s.
Tuscany/Chianti: WS: Drink or Hold – Sleek, vibrant wines with bright, focused fruit flavors; at worst, lean and tart. JR: Elegant, fresh wines. A promising vintage on the whole, with the wines of Montalcino expected to be exceptional.