The summer was gorgeous, beautiful, hot and sunny; the perfect antidote to the previous vintage. Seriously, neither we nor the grapes could get enough of the sunshine. We reveled in the sun, we soaked up the warmth and remembered...
The summer was gorgeous, beautiful, hot and sunny; the perfect antidote to the previous vintage. Seriously, neither we nor the grapes could get enough of the sunshine. We reveled in the sun, we soaked up the warmth and remembered what it was like to work in hot vineyards after 2 cool vintages.
Of course, hot weather presents its own problems for the grapes, especially when combined with humidity, but the crack vineyard squad under Luca kept everything under control. Everyone took 2 weeks off in the middle of August to relax, see family and recharge, and we returned to the cantina the last week of August at full force with the beginning of the Dolcetto picking on September 1.
We could not be happier with the quality of the fruit. Dolcetto thrives in mild conditions at the end of the growing season, and this year has given us exceptional Dolcetto. It has sweetness, ripe tannins and a soft, balanced acidity. We have high hopes for the wine!
The big news here is the partial completion of the new winery expansion - we will be vinifying indoors completely this year (no more tanks under the eaves of the roof) and the progress on the new tractor barn is fast. (More on this with pictures further on in the newsletter.) The expansion gives us flexibility and room to work. As always we look for quality improvements every year!
The month of September brings the start of school, and Luciano's granddaughter Alessia begins her fourth year at the Liceo Enologica (oenological high school) in Alba. Her younger brother Stefano begins his first year there next week. Their cousin Giacomo (Luca's son) begins his third year at the Liceo Scientifico. The next generation of Sandrones are on their way!
As always, we thank you, our collectors and consumers, for your continued interest in our wines, and we hope to continue to fulfill your expectations of quality and excellence in the bottle.
With warmest regards,