Yet another early spring got the growing season off to a banner start with plenty of rain and warm temperatures creating vigorous and ample vegetation and early flowering. The density of the vegetation contributed to significant mildew and mold problems by the high humidity in early June. With these issues in the past, the slightly reduced crop loads on the vines enjoyed excellent conditions throughout July and the first half of August when the region was hit by a brief heat wave. The vines were able to handle the heat well, though there were isolated pockets of vines shutting down due to hydric stress. The ripening cycle of the grapes, already ahead of schedule, was further accelerated. Early September brought refreshing rains which allowed the vines to finish their maturation cycles under warm, dry skies, though isolated pockets of hail hit some properties in Chianti. The wines were opulent, soft and juicy, with a roasted fruit character and fairly prominent, slightly drying tannins due to the precocious nature of the vintage. They are fun to drink though may not make old bones.
Vintages in Tuscany
An easy to use vintage by vintage guide