From the Vineyard …

From the Vineyard …

2018’s harvest was quite late and hardworking, anyway, we are very happy about the crop after a long and engaging growing season. Despite the beginning of spring was quite difficult due to the heavy rain, the summer was definitively warm and quite dry, a condition that allowed the vines to catch up upon a quite slow start. Especially close to the end of June and for the whole month of July, the sunny days encouraged a fast vegetative growth that we had to control with several files trimming and manual leaves tinning, especially in the shaded internal parts, less active for the photosynthesis. The clusters growth was even and it carried to an early veraison in the month of August. Close to the beginning of September, the temperature dropped significantly during the night but warm and dry during the day, a perfect condition to promote the phenolic ripening (skin and seeds on the reds grapes). The harvest started September the 20th with the Nascetta grapes (about 2 weeks later than 2017) to be followed by the Dolcetto and Barbera grapes. The clusters looked healthy and ripe since the beginning, the final crop was good; the sugar level was slightly lower than last year but with very intense aromas and bright acidity. The Nebbiolo grapes for the Barolo needed a couple of additional weeks; the first vineyard harvested was the Bricco Pernice on the October 3rd to end with the Vigna Elena on the October 16th.

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