By now most producers had accepted that an early spring was to be the norm, and 2001 was no exception. Rain and warm temperatures got the vines off to a quick start late in March. By mid-April the vines had budded, causing a significant reduction in crop set throughout central Chianti when a sever frost hit. The vines recovered and were treated to a warm, dry summer that was punctuated by soaking rains. Many needed rains since high temperatures persisted until heavy rainstorms broke the hot spell in early September. While daytime temperatures throughout the summer had been high, the vines had a chance to recover with relatively cool evening temperatures, preserving the grapes’ acidity and allowing for producers to take full advantage of a sunny autumn. The results were some of the most finely balanced wines Tuscany may have ever produced. The wines lack the punch of the biggest vintages but promise to age spectacularly well.
Vintages in Tuscany
An easy to use vintage by vintage guide