Spring conditions were ideal for the start of the vegetative cycle, though towards the end of spring humid and warm conditions set in. The resultant disease and sporadic hail not only damaged the vines but reduced the crop set. The summer saw an unusual alternating of dry, hot periods with cool damp periods. Producers were unsure of how to proceed with such an unusual set of conditions and many made mistakes in the vineyard that might have further reduced quality, though the end of the season was far from ideal in any event. The cold weather continued through the harvest, with more rain than was ideal, and yet many producers were able to bring in healthy fruit. With lower than typical sugars an higher acids, these are zesty wines, some even a bit thin and abrasive. Time should help to smooth out the rough edges here and the acidity and fresh aromatics bode well for positive development in the cellar.
Vintages in Tuscany
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