After a Spring that was first warm, then cold, then warm again, we have had a Summer that has been hot and dry.
Our good fortune in the territory of Barolo, however, was that during July there were a couple of well-timed thunderstorms that helped to refresh and give moisture to the vines.
This means that up to now, the vines have not overly suffered from the prolonged lack of rain. The grapes (except for those which were burned in the direct sun) are still beautiful and fresh. To protect the bunches during times of extreme heat, such as the past month, we leave as much leaf cover as possible, thus forgoing the usual work of ‘sfogliatura’ - in other years we might have to strip leaves in order to give bunches greater exposure to the sun.
2017 will most certainly be spoken of as a hot and dry vintage. We are tending to the grapes with great care on a daily basis in order to try and preserve the freshness and elegance that characterise all of our wines.
In bocca a lupo! Wish us luck!