2012 Harvest Snapshots

A look at the 2012 harvests from regions across Europe


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2012 Piedmont

Piedmont, like much of Italy, saw a damp spring rich with rain and cool temperatures. Fortunately, the ensuing summer was quite warm, with several producers noting that this seems to be the new normal for the region. Surprisingly though, the late summer and early fall returned to a classic pattern of cool nights and warm days, sprinkled with rain here and there.

Early season varieties, such as Dolcetto, show more signs of the stresses of the vintage. The rains and cooler temperatures that arrived in August and September were able to refresh the late harvest varieties such as Barbera and Nebbiolo. The return of typical autumnal weather allowed these varieties to benefit from extended hang time in the vineyards, which in turn promises to produce a crop of rich, powerful wines that retain freshness and balanced, ripe structural elements. In short, it looks likely to be another high quality vintage that straddles the line between classical and modern flavor profiles.

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