After a year from hell, Nature offers Italian winemakers hope for a future.
After all the hardships and worries caused by the koronavrus situation over the past six months, Italian wine producers can count on one thing constant – their work in the vineyard.
This year, the phrase was most commonly heard among ItalyThe producers of their “hopefully” venture, a good consideration for these people who might want a successful harvest with a little more zeal than usual. Now that the harvest had lasted several weeks, it seemed that, despite some problems, 2020 was indeed going to be a good year.
He reported that a green harvest is needed in August, especially for Barbera and Dolcetto, because the production level is too high. He believes freshly picked Barbera will have an alcohol content of more than 14.5 percent in the finished wine. As for Nebbiolo, he noted that the grapes were ripe well now, and would be picked after the first week of October, as long as there was no more rain.
In Mauro Molino in La Morra, winemaker Matteo Molino recently finished his Nebbiolo harvest, which he says “looks really good.” Noting the favorable weather, he commented, “we have just seen a four-day drop in temperature, which will be the basis for the aromatics and complexities of the 2020 Barolos”. Together with Barbera and Dolcetto, Molino is cautiously predicting that the quality of his 2020 red color “is very promising with strong styling and good acidity”.
In Valpolicella district in the Veneto region, from Paolo Galli Ragose in Negrar, noted that “the hot temperatures in the last 20 days and the large amount of water in the soil make us think that the acidity will be lower than normal”. He pointed out that the crop will be generous, despite the extra pruning this year. If not for that, Galli said that “the vines would break”.
In Ca ‘La Bionda near Marano, owner Alessandro Castellani noted the problems caused by heavy rains in August. “Unfortunately, many producers in lower Valpolicella are also exposed to hail and flooded fields … in some cases root problems stop the normal ripening of the grapes.”
Castellani predicts healthy acidity for wine, and believes that the 2020 vintage “is reminiscent of the 90s for Amarone, which will have extraordinary freshness”. For Valpolicella, “those who perform well, by thinning the plants to ensure perfect ripeness, are sure to reap the rewards and make a fine wine from fresh grapes.”
“We had cold winds at the end of March, the usual monsoons in mid-August followed later in that month, and summer weather usually breaks later, not early September.” While September is in his words, “a very hot and unusual month”, he admits that the harvest looks “very beautiful” this year, and thinks the 2020 grapes will “be more fruitful and more consistent, but not as complex as 2019. and 2018 “.
In Baron Ricasoli at Gaiole di Chianti in the southern part of the Chianti Classico, Francesco Ricasoli recalls some of the hail in several vineyards between April and May that hit him. Sangiovese. “There is good rainfall until June, but then the dry season in July and August makes the vines stressful. Thank goodness we had some good rains in early September.” He noted that the first Sangiovese was harvested in the second week of September, and that although things “looked great”, in his words, “there is still a long way to go.”
Alessandro Mori from Marroneto, one of the best manufacturers Brunello di Montalcino, indicating favorable weather this year, with low rainfall and moderate temperatures. He stated that, because he wasn’t following the trend of making lighter wines with lower colors, “we were waiting for the time when the wine would be ready for harves’, which this year will be October 5. He explained that by waiting,” the wine is full of acidity. , because we squeeze a lot of our skin. This is our kind of work, because we put a long seasoning on the wine to allow polymerization so that the wine becomes silky. “
In Campania, Antonio Capaldo, owner Feudi di San Gregorio, began harvesting Falanghina on 12 September and Greco and Fiano a week later; He noted that for the last two varieties, this was roughly 10 days earlier compared to the average. “To Aglianico, we predict it will start in early November, but it is still uncertain as it is raining now and a fresher climate is coming after the beautiful summer. “
He believes in style Taurati will be “diversified, given the hail around the city of Taurasi, while planting in the highlands will be much better”.
In Mastroberardino in Campania, Piero Mastroberardino will begin harvesting Fiano di Irpinia next week, noting that he expects his whites to offer “a little lower acidity, but with more structure”. Regarding Aglianico for Taurasi, he said that the wine has “a good balance between all components, very high polyphenolic acid and its aromatic potential. The 2020 Taurati style has all chances to be excellent, with balance and structure.”
Finally entered Sicily, Alessio Planeta from eponymous family estate, note that the best conditions on the island this year are around Etna, and 2020 offers “ideal conditions and for me, the best harvest in the last 10 years. Good acidity due to the hot summer … I fell in love with Nero d’Avola, Syrah and Frappato for reds, Grillo, Fiano and leather. aromatic white. But it is very difficult to choose in a good harvest. “