While in many ways 1998 was almost a repeat of 1997, the results were very different. One of the main reasons was that, unlike 1997, the winter of 1997-1998 saw almost no snowfall. Spring came slowly with mild temperatures and little rainfall. Needed rain arrived towards the end of May, speeding up the growth cycle of the vines until the summer hit in full force with very high temperatures and virtually no rainfall. The vines suffered from the lack of water and these stressed vines shut down towards the end of the summer, though vines in cooler sites towards the north of Chianti and in Bolgheri and those with heavier water-retaining soils such as Montepulciano managed to make it through the summer relatively unscathed. Rains arrived in early fall, refreshing the vines and allowing for a crop of relatively healthy and ripe, though soft wines to be produced. The wines have always been friendly and have aged a bit quickly, but are still youthful.
Vintages in Tuscany
An easy to use vintage by vintage guide