During 2014 vintage we noticed several similarities in the climatic trend of the four areas in which we operate: Barbaresco, Barolo, Bolgheri and Montalcino. Generally speaking:
- The vintage was distinguished by mild winter and a warm spring.
- Summer time brought a high level of unpredictability to the weather, with abundant rainfalls above average. In such a kind of condition, punctual and frequent preventive interventions were crucial to keep the quality level of the grapes.
- To allow the perfect grape ripening, we increased and hastened the leaves thinning. Meanwhile, the natural grassing of the soil was crucial to contrast any kind of water scarcity in the vineyards.
- A strict green harvest and a stronger selection of the grapes made the difference.
- Summer months were characterized by a cool climate and strong differences between day and night temperatures. This led to a slow and regular phenol maturation of the grapes and allowed the correct thickening of the skins.
- Grapes’ health conditions were good; they went regularly through the fermentation, also thanks to the appropriated level of alcohol.
- The grapes had a good thickness of skins; this allowed the development of a nice aromatic complexity and brought the correct color intensity.
- In terms of quantity, there was a 20-35% general decrease in relation to the 2013 harvest.
- We will make a further selection in the cellar which will allow us to obtain good quality wines, with peaks of excellence.
Specifically regarding BOLGHERI – CA’ MARCANDA:
- Abundant rainfalls and cool temperatures, in particular during summer time, led to a delay in the grape ripening. On the other hand, these conditions prevented the vineyards from water stress and brought the grapes to the perfect phenol maturation and the appropriate sugar level.
- The harvest began on 15 September with Merlot, and ended on 4 October with Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Weather conditions imposed meticulous and a strict selection of the grapes, in particular after a couple of summer hail storms. In terms of quantity, the harvest was 35% less than 2013.