The vintage which has just been harvested endured a particularly long, hard winter which lasted until the beginning of March: fairly unusual when compared with recent years, but within the average going back over a longer period of time. Heavy...
The vintage which has just been harvested endured a particularly long, hard winter which lasted until the beginning of March: fairly unusual when compared with recent years, but within the average going back over a longer period of time. Heavy snowfalls ensured considerable water reserves in the soil. The beginning of the summer was distinguished by plenty of rainfall, which was at times very heavy. Mild temperatures at the beginning of August were lower than in the years that had gone before, suggesting the grapes would ripen later than in previous vintages, though fully in keeping with “historic” averages. A rise in daily temperatures was noted through the last ten days in August and the month of September, with excellent variations between daytime and night temperatures making a fundamental contribution to the properties of the grapes, especially in terms of polyphenols. This phenomenon was particularly evident in the late-ripening varieties.
The white wine varieties immediately provided the prospect of very fresh wines with nice acidity, which would ensure a good cellar life and a very positive aromatic profile.
. Barbera was maybe the variety grown in the Langa that showed the greatest degree of variability: the best-placed vineyards in terms of exposure to the sun emerged clearly.
Nebbiolo was able to enjoy fine weather throughout the month of September and first part of October, offsetting the slight delay in the ripening of the grapes. Ripening checks showed that the sugars continued to accumulate during the second half of the month, while the acid profile gradually dropped to very acceptable levels. Ripening of the phenolic components which are essential for ensuring body and ageing capacity has been excellent. Without question, Nebbiolo has responded sublimely this year too, demonstrating once again that classic vintages are always fine for this grape and justifying expectations that this will prove to be an excellent annata for Barolo.
Our family is very positive about the 2013 and so we hope you will be happy to enjoy this vintage.