Vintages in Tuscany

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Tuscany is discovering a new sort of normal for their growing seasons, and 2009 fit that mold. A summer of high temperatures and minimal rainfall was only saved because of rather abundant rain the preceding winter, which laid in a good reserve of water, but in many cases even this was not enough.

Much has been said of the late season rains that finally brought some relief to the region, though even then the signature of a hot vintage was impressed on many of the wines, particularly the coastal regions of Bolgheri and the Maremma.

In fact many producers were happy to see the rains, even close to harvest as they were, since they brought down some elevated sugar levels and generally refreshed the grapes before harvest. Though we've just seen the simplest wines released into the marketplace, the hype machine is on high in 2009. I would recommend trying before you buy to see if the wines posses the inherent balance to age gracefully.

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  • Wonderful work of mastery,understanding and of universal appeal specially from passionate wine searchers.Congrats!! and Greetings from sidd banerji,wine writer,mumbai,India(

    Apr 06, 2012 at 1:00 AM

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