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Wine Searcher: Many regions, like Piedmont and Barolo in particular, have not yet released their 2018 vintage, the signs are all there that it’s going to be a great year for much of Europe.

Piedmont:
JR: A reversal of fortunes after a fairly dismal 2017, with high volumes of good quality in all the major varieties. The year started cool but finished hot, and good weather persisted throughout harvest.

Tuscany/Chianti:
JR: With volumes returning to average after the smaller 2017 harvest, Tuscan producers were pleased with the 2018 vintage. While warm, the heat wasn’t as excessive as elsewhere in Europe, and the watchwords seem to be silkiness, elegance and some surprising freshness.

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