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Beyond Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: The “other” grapes of Burgundy

Beyond Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: The “other” grapes of Burgundy

Burgundy is famous for two grapes: Pinot Noir (for red wines) and Chardonnay (for white). But scratch the surface and there’s lots more going on...
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Flatiron’s Guide to Burgundy’s Rosé Wines: Bourgogne Rosé in a Nutshell

Flatiron’s Guide to Burgundy’s Rosé Wines: Bourgogne Rosé in a Nutshell

Rosé from Burgundy doesn't get the hype of whites and reds from the same region. But why? The wines are delicious, ageable, and singular--everything we could ask for in great wines of terroir. Let's find some answers together!
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How to Read a Burgundy Wine Label

How to Read a Burgundy Wine Label

If you dig deep, there’s so much more you can tell about a wine by looking at the label. So for everyone who wants to go a little deeper, here’s a backgrounder on everything you can learn from a Burgundy label. 
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Burgundy Wine FAQ

Burgundy Wine FAQ

We get questions about Burgundy… lots of questions! 

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Introduction to the Wines of Burgundy

Introduction to the Wines of Burgundy

Burgundy is the wine that makes you fall in love with wine. Now, let's dive into the regions, wines, and history that make Burgundy so impeccable. 

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Celebrate Mother's Day with Spanish Wines

Celebrate Mother's Day with Spanish Wines

From the rich, earthy red wines of Rioja to Galicia's salty and crisp Albariño, Spain should be your destination for wines to celebrate Mom this Mother's Day.
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Celebrate Earth Day with Wine!

Celebrate Earth Day with Wine!

Our drink choices aren't going to refreeze ice caps or de-acidify the oceans. But if you believe that in the aggregate even our small choices make a big difference there are some things you can do to minimize your wine's environmental footprint.
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The Complete Guide to Saint-Joseph

The Complete Guide to Saint-Joseph

Even putting aside those special wines, St. Joseph is able to offer something unique: a Northern Rhone Syrah that typically offers more drinkability, more vibrancy and more liveliness than its famous cousins.
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Amorotti for All Seasons

Amorotti for All Seasons

In this tiny corner of Italy, Abbruzzo, there is an important artisanal movement bringing both grapes to previously unimaginable heights. 

Amorotti is very much at the forefront of this movement.

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2017 Burgundy Vintage: A Follow-Up

2017 Burgundy Vintage: A Follow-Up

Jeff did this great, early review of the vintage, which now seems prescient. Today and tomorrow only, the New York store is having an online sale on 2017 Burgundies, here.

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A Natural Expression of Chablis

A Natural Expression of Chablis

It’s really good! Open it and right away it’s absolutely and obviously delicious, with lots of fruit (even a vague hint of something verging on tropical), a touch of florality, crystal clear Chablis minerality, and bright acidity. All the elements of spot-on Chablis.

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2017 Barolo Vintage: Impressive Wines to Enjoy Now

2017 Barolo Vintage: Impressive Wines to Enjoy Now

Photo of Barolo vineyards taken during the 2017 Barolo vintage.

Despite coming on the heels of the special 2016 Barolo vintage and initial opinions that the 2017 Barolo vintage would be a less than successful vintage, I find 2017 vintage to have produced enjoyable wines that are rich, friendly, and that are ready to enjoy now and in the medium term. 

Here I breakdown the 2017 Barolo vintage with a quick report and my impressions of the wines from what is shaping up to be a good vintage.



Overall Assessment:

Good Vintage

Weather:

2017 was hot and dry. In fact, there was less rainfall than ever recorded. Fortunately, there was some rain and fresher weather in late August and September. In the spring, there was a frost, which destroyed some early buds, resulting in a lower than average yield. 

Harvest:

Picking began in late September. This is quite early for the region, the earliest in five vintages. 

Style:

The wines show the ripeness of warm weather, but they are not over-ripe or over-alcoholic and they retain a surprising amount of freshness. Many growers were puzzled by this result! The tannins are not aggressive. The 2017s are generally quite tasty already, and while they will age nicely for the medium term, they don’t have the aging potential of a special vintage like 2016 or 2010. 

Buying Recommendations:

Entry-level Barolos are delicious for drinking now (though they are already starting to disappear in the market, as of early 2023). Above that, these are great Barolos to have in your cellar because I think a lot of them are going to be quite good after a shorter-than-usual cellaring, like five to ten years. I’ve had tasty wines from all the major villages plus Verduno. 

What others are saying about the 2017 Barolo vintage:

As you can see below, critical acclaim was quite high for the 2017 vintage, a touch higher than I  would have put it, and certainly higher than the market’s reaction to the vintage. 

Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2017 Barolos are marked by their freshness, energy, and vibrancy. Despite the hot and dry growing conditions, the best 2017 Barolos display remarkable balance, with ripe tannins and bright acidity."

Kerin O'Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): "The 2017 Barolo vintage produced wines that are elegant, balanced and approachable. Despite the hot and dry conditions, the best 2017 Barolos display impressive freshness and acidity."

Jancis Robinson (jancisrobinson.com): "The 2017 Barolos are impressive, with wines that are balanced, fresh and vibrant. Despite the challenging vintage conditions, the best 2017 Barolos display great intensity and structure, with ripe tannins and bright acidity."

Decanter: "The 2017 Barolo vintage produced wines that are elegant and approachable, with ripe tannins and bright acidity. Despite the hot and dry conditions, the best 2017 Barolos display remarkable balance and freshness."

Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): "The 2017 Barolos are impressive, with wines that are balanced and approachable. Despite the hot and dry growing conditions, the best 2017 Barolos display impressive freshness and acidity, with ripe tannins and bright fruit.”

Further reading

Recent Barolo vintage reports

Related articles from our Barolo Wine Guide

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