A decidedly challenging vintage started off innocently enough, with solid rains and above average temperatures that encouraged the vines into a healthy vegetative state. That was to be as close to normal as this season was to get. With the exception of a blisteringly hot and dry June, the summer was cursed with record rainfalls from May until August, accompanied by unusually cool temperatures. As harvest was to get underway, with vines full of barely ripe, bloated grapes, the rains abated, only to return barely two weeks later. No one made great wine, but those who worked with what Mother Nature provided were able to bottle fresh, simple wines. Many producers put their finest grapes, usually reserved for their most prestigious cuvees, into their basic bottlings, yielding wines that were acceptable but near or at the end of their lives.
Vintages in Tuscany
An easy to use vintage by vintage guide