Ideal climate, strong temperature range between day and night in late August and early September, sunny summer and good amount of rain. Optimal climatic elements that have not created health problems: healthy grapes, balanced acidity, perfumes and aromatic content.
The harvest started around 20/25 of August with the early varieties and ended in early October with the red varieties, such as Pignolo.
It is estimated a production increase of about 15% compared to 2014.
The 2014 vintage is characterized by a slight decrease in the production of the grapes, the lower alcohol content and an increased acidity:
characteristics that are the result of a particular weather pattern in spring and summer season. The lower level of alcohol however, does no compromise the quality of the wine; rather they are in line with the trend of consumption of lighter wines, more fresh and mineral.
In 2014 the production decreased over the previous year of about 10-15%, due to not only the special climate, but also to the careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard during the harvest.
Picking started in mid September at the end of a growing year whose weather should bring a return of classic flavour profiles and outstanding aromatics. A late, rainy spring followed by a dry, sunny summer favoured unhurried optimal ripening and avoided the concentration of the 2011 and 2012 harvests. Slow ripening was accompanied by the vital day-night temperature swings that produce balanced, hugely promising berries.
Yields in 2012 were 20% lower than 2011 because of unusual weather conditions during the growing season. A particularly dry winter with below-average temperatures gave way to a cold spring and heavy precipitation. Yields per vine were very low as a result. The hot, dry summer brought picking times forward. White varieties were harvested from the last week of August and the reds followed about 20 September. Meticulous work in the field ensured that the cellar received undamaged berries with good acidity and low pH. The 2012 is a vintage for light, fresh-tasting wines with an attractive array of aromas.
Despite somewhat unusual weather, the 2011 growing year was a good one, albeit with yields about 20% lower than in 2010. Picking began earlier than usual and took place mainly in the early hours of the day. A warm, sunny spring triggered early flowering of the vines. Rain and cool weather in July created ideal conditions for bringing out the full aromatic potential of the white grapes. Temperatures rose in August and a dry, warm September with plenty of sunshine produced considerable day-night temperature swings. These excellent weather conditions brought the red-skinned varieties to full ripeness, encouraging fine-grained tannins and lending extra structure to wines that are already well endowed by their territory.
Harvesting began slightly earlier than usual in the first week of September. A wet summer prolonged the vegetative season. Grapes tended to ripen more slowly and the relatively low temperatures, with significant swings from veraison onwards, benefited white grapes in general and aromatic varieties in particular. A combination of lower temperatures and increased vine vigour meant the grapes accumulated more malic acid and less sugar than in previous years but potential alcohol remained above 12.5% vol. Yields were 5% lower than in 2009.
Picking in 2009 started early, just after Ferragosto (15th August), proceeding for a very long time with no interruptions from rain. Climatic differences among individual areas and plots emerged. Optimum ripening was reached by grapes from the same variety at different times, depending on vineyard location, site climate, soil type and vine training system. Harvesting times were differentiated, sometimes by more than a week. Late August rain and the sudden fall in night-time temperatures enhanced the fruit’s aromatic profile. Overall production was estimated to be the same as, or slightly lower than, in 2008. Acidity levels were low and sugar normal.
Plentiful spring rain and low temperatures during flowering restricted the percentage fruit-set levels and clusters tended to be straggly, especially for varieties such as merlot and chardonnay. Good weather and hot, sunny days during August and September hastened ripening. Picking began as normal for sauvignon with a problem-free harvest of healthy fruit. Later on, picking slowed and the tocai friulano, malvasia and chardonnay almost qualified as late-harvest grapes. Yields were estimated to be 15% to 20% down on 2007. The acidity and sugar content of the grapes were both within the norm.
Harvest arrived early in 2007, starting immediately after Ferragosto (15th August).
Light hail in early July damaged the skins of some of the berries. Fortunately, high temperatures at the end of the month completely dried the affected grapes and no mould appeared. Selective leaf removal at fruit set, carried out on the basis of the growing year, prevented botrytis while also reducing the risk of sunburn to the clusters. Berry size was distinctly larger than average for most varieties. Yields were up by a modest 15% to 20% over 2006.