Torrential autumn rains that followed the frightfully dry conditions encountered in 2003 replenished depleted ground water supplies and set the stage for a successful 2004 vintage. Breaking a year long trend, the spring of 2004 was slow to arrive, coming in later even than historical averages. The weather remained unseasonably cool well into May when temperatures began to rise accompanied by ample rainfall. The sudden heat and copious amounts of water caused the vines to surge into a particularly vigorous vegetative cycle. The summer started out fairly cool and only truly began to warm up late in July. The heavy crop load put stress on the vines and quality producers green harvested to lighten the loads. The weather remained favorable, with warm days and cool nights for the remainder of the summer and well into the fall allowing the crop to be brought in under clear skies at the leisure of the producers. The resultant wines already show phenomenal concentration, balance and unusually fresh aromatics. These are elegant yet powerful wines that will age spectacularly well.
Vintages in Tuscany
An easy to use vintage by vintage guide