The winter season was characterized by a regular rainfall in line with the average. The strong jump in temperature at the beginning of spring brought a frost in the month of April. Initially underestimated, the frost damaged the buds most of all with the Sangiovese; less so for the later budding varieties. During the spring there was scarse rainfall - through the summer into late September there was no rainfall of any note - a constant wind kept the humidity low. Following this trend towards an extreme climatic dryness, the cover crops we sowed gave a late start to the mulching and tilling. Given the lack of water in the soil we uprooted and turned the cover crops and as an exception, for the first time, we also worked the soils a of the non-cropped rows (trans note - normally every other row is sowed with nitrogen-giving and soil-opening plants and the other left bare) in Vigna della Fonte, Vigna Veterana Trebbiano, Vigna Letizia e Vigna dei Sospiri. We’d prefer to not touch the soil but we worked it to lessen the splitting of the soil and evaporation. The response of the soils to this was great - the plowing allowed the roots to seek the deeper parts where they could find some water and oxygen. The lack of water reduced the vigor of the canes but it never caused the leaves to yellow.
The harvest of the whites began the 3rd week of August.
The grapes were in very good condition and surprisingly huge; the older vines and Sagrantino were harvested in October as usual.
The season ended with a big drop in overall quantity, most of all with the reds particularly Sangiovese, but with great quality, however. The reds have a vibrant color with no signs of oxidation, while the whites contained their color and thanks to the earlier harvesting a low ph. We tried to limit the skin contact both for the whites and the reds. The aroma and structure of the whites given the season are in line with the past few years, for the reds more work was done to create a more ready-drinking wine - Rossofongoli and Bicunsio - and for the Sagrantino we need to wait a year before a definitive response, for now they are very interesting in nose and structure.