In so many ways, 2016 is all about being in the right place at the right time for Barolo. An ideal growing season with all the prerequisites for a great vintage comes at a time when so many winemakers are in their primes, past the stage of experimentation and settled into their own personal styles. The result is a vintage full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that captures all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of. ANTONIO GALLONI

Piedmont in northwestern Italy, with Turin its capital city, is home to some of the most renown and widely recognised red wines and grape varieties of Italy. Alba and sourrounding areas have long been the focal point for many wine enthusiasts. However, the historic centre of wine making in Piedmont was located about 120 km north, in Alto Piemonte.

In the heyday of winemaking in Alto Piemonte, about 100 years ago, there were approximately 40,000 hectares of vineyards in full production. Lessona and Gattinara were some of the most famous wines from the area, Nebbiolo based, just like their southern counterparts Barolo and Barbaresco. Today, only 5 percent of this area remains under professional management. But at present we are witnessing a true renaissance of this unique landscape and its viticulture!

"The 2016 Barolo Monfalletto is a gorgeous wine that shows just how fabulous the year is, a classy wine". ANTONIO GALLONI 95pts

"The 2016 Coste della Sesia Al Forte is bold and intensely flavorful, a wine of real distinction and class, not to mention a total knockout". ANTONIO GALLONI 95pts