We have completed the whites and we are going to complete Merlot and Syrah shortly. "triggerontype": 1, And even in Chianti Classico, while some producers are finished in the southern communes, many producers in Radda are still harvesting. "pc": { "There is so much Tuscan tang to this wine that I wouldn't be remotely surprised if someone told me it contained a little of Tuscany's signature grape Sangiovese. "closeOnMagnifier": 1, ~ These grapes look great and I love the cart ~. “This is going to be a very difficult, challenging and very variable harvest!!! Stay tuned. You are there with them, stylishly seated at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Spider built in the 1950s. "imageheight": 70, We will keep you posted. Rocca delle Macìe Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva Chianti Classico 2017 (Tuscany) - Wine Review Tonight's wine review is the latest vintage of this nice Chianti Classico that arrived as a "Smart Buy" at the LCBO over the long weekend as part of the September 5 LCBO VINTAGES Release. In Castellina in Chianti, Piemaggio sent this image of lovely hanging Canaiolo just prior to harvest which they have completed as of September 28, 2017. Shockingly, he explained that one year of damage can lead to two years with no grapes to harvest. From Veneto to Brunello, dozens of producers began picking in full force this week and have sent in lots of pictures and reports. Big Bottles. "resultareaclickable": 1, The 2016s confirm all of the promise they have always shown. ~, ~ Manual harvesting under way at Borgogno, September 27th, 2017 – almost a full month earlier than normal. ~ In this image you can see Sangiovese being laid out on straw mats to dry. There were just 63,583 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino from the 1980 vintage and today there are over 10 million bottles. ~ Mauro Vanucci inspecting his grapes in Carmignano ~, ~ Harvesting Pinot Noir and Nerello Mascalese at Planeta in Sicily ~, ~ This collage was sent in by Tolaini in Chianti Classico, Castelnuovo Berardenga. “In theory, the wines were not supposed to be like that,” admits Francesco Mazzei of the well-known Florentine wine family. They showed impressive intensity and purity as well as a buttress of rich tannins and tension. Vintage 2017; Type Red; Producer Campo di Sasso; Variety Red Blend; Designation Insoglio del Cinghiale; Vineyard n/a; Country Italy; Region Tuscany; SubRegion n/a; Appellation Toscana IGT; Display options Default; UPC/EAN Code 084692627622, 8032937311203 They will then be pressed for the red vin santo dessert wine; occhio di pernice ~. "anim" : "fadedrop", The combination of great relative value and strong brand momentum makes these Super Tuscan 2017 recommendations a must-have! After a slightly mild but normal winter added much needed water reserves to the soil,  a very mild March awakened the vines from their winter slumber and started the growing season earlier than normal. We are now having very fresh air with very good temperature differences between day and night. Yet this comes with several prices; exhaustion from monitoring the fires all night, pollution to the environment and impact on the vineyard and naturally, a monetary cost. Amazon.de/Fashion: Kostenlose Lieferung und Rückgabe. Published between: ~ Hand harvesting at Montemaggio, Radda in Chianti ~, ~ Tractors transporting the fruit to the winery ~. ~ This is a great shot. In Rosti’s case, the buds growing grapes were destroyed by the frost. Getty. "iiGutter": 5, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Duetto, Spider. "iitemsHeight": 200, Only the most experienced were able to navigate it successfully. Older than 1950. For example, Caprili finished harvesting for their Brunello almost 2 weeks ago. ~ Harvesting is a family affair. To hear Daniele speak in detail about the frost damage to his vineyards, click through to my Facebook page for videos posted:  Frost Damage at Campochiarenti, ~ A close up of damaged (left) and undamaged (right) grape clusters from the April frosts. This year, it looks like September! By that I mean it makes a great choice at lunch or for family dinners. Thus 2017 has captured enough water in the ground for the fruit to ripen. "showauthor": 0, "iihideContent": 1, Vintage Score Drink Window Description; Vintage 2017: Score 93: Drink Window Drink or hold: Description. 2017 has been one of the strangest vintages that I have experienced so far. Everyone helps! "closeOnDocClick": 1, "iitemsWidth": 200, }, Most winemakers reported that the grapes were 1 to 1 1/2 months ahead of schedule and in early August,  coastal Tuscan wineries near Bolgheri and Grosseto began harvesting white grapes. Next up, we have a report in from Piedmont where Giorgio Rivetti, the owner of Contratto and La Spinetta gives us his overview of the 2017 Vendemmia. Your email address will not be published. "itemscount": 4, In Montefalco, Tabarrini typically harvests Sagrantino in November. Rome reached 130 degrees! In Umbria, the late ripening Sagrantino is also ahead of schedule. They have been harvesting Merlot and now Sangiovese ~, ~ This picture was sent by winemaker Chiara Boschis who still has Nebbiolo hanging in Barolo, Piedmont ~. Only time will tell. 86C 2014: Italy: Friuli (Collio) Caution, may be too old. "width": "100%", It was a recipe for jammy wines, or so I thought. Nature is fickle, often clusters on the same plant were intermittently damaged ~. Surprised is the best word I can think of after rating more than 80 barrel samples of 2017 Super Tuscan reds in my tasting room in Italy on Monday, September 3. Producer Index. Particularly great were the cabernets and merlots. "iishowOverlay": 1, "settings": { Of course, they will never be the great 2015s or 2016s, but many outstanding wines appear to have been made. But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. "overridewpdefault": 0, "charcount": 3, Experience the Mille Miglia 2021 in a legendary Alfa Romeo classic car On this trip, you gain a first-hand and hands-on impression of automotive history. If this is the future…it is very scary ! The berries of each cluster are very small and the crop size is greatly reduced but what survived is of very high quality. High quality fruit, but very, very, very low production. Type Red (275) White (2) Region Italy. Description . Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2017. John Fodera has been writing about Italian wines since 2010. This is very positive for the proper maturation of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. A toast at Monteraponi in Radda. "anim" : "fadedrop", Raisined on the vine by the heat ~. "dur" : 300 }, Here in this image sent by Roberto Campinoti of Le Ragnaie, you can see employees hand harvesting Sangiovese Grosso. Younger vines not only suffer because of its superficial roots, but because some wine producers did not prune and reduce production enough for the vine to resist the heat. Save money with Drinks&Co, online, safe and with all the guarantees. Sign up for the Tuscan Vines newsletter. Quite simply,  it has been a year of remarkable extremes never before seen across Italy. As with other parts of the country, she reiterated that while quality appears to be high, quantity is way down. Thirsty, thirsty animals. 95R 2015: Italy: Tuscany (Chianti Classico) Ready to drink. Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages. Merlot is probably the variety that most suffered in this climate while the Syrah is very good, even if quantity is very small. "settingsimagepos": "right", On the contrary, the fruit looks great and so do the vines, as none were showing yellow leaves. "showdescription": 1, 2000-2009. "resultstype": "vertical", So as we sit now on the last day of August, producers are harvesting Pinot Noir, Merlot, Nerello Mascalese, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese across all of Italy almost 2 months early. Tuscany hit 110, 115, even 120 degrees as far north as San Gimignano. And the heat would not relent. "aapl": { "analytics": 0, Clean and neat." Just as winemakers began assessing the percentage of damage to their crops and settled in for the remainder of the growing season, it stopped raining. In the first image, you can see how this belt feeds the grapes up over the top, down into the optical scanner and into the winery ~. ~ Lovely Sangiovese Grosso grapes on the vine just before harvest; September 2017 ~, ~ Harvest is a family affair across Italy. The Brunello producer Casa Raia also sent over some images of harvest; which as everyone knows is hard, serious work. By Wine Enthusiast. "pshowsubtitle": "0", Podere Le Ripi is also harvesting in full force. "more_redirect_url": "?s={phrase}&content_all=All&contents%5B0%5D=Tasting+Reports&contents%5B1%5D=Tasting+Notes&contents%5B2%5D=Videos&contents%5B3%5D=Events&SelectedContents=Tasting%20Notes", "enabled": 1, Perhaps it was due to their thinner skins, which couldn’t cope with the harsh weather. Further south in Chianti Classico harvest is fully underway at Felsina. It’s always amazing to me how different harvests can be from producer to producer. 2017: Italy: Tuscany (Chianti Classico) Early maturing and accesable. But that doesn’t mean there cannot be some fun too when the whole family gets involved. ~ Trebbiano Spoletino hanging at Tabarrini on August 30th. 9 August 2017 As I write this, Italy and much of southern Europe is in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 43 ºC (109 ºF). > Tuscany > Chianti; Drinking window not specified (Add My Dates) Other Vintages (0) Add new vintage... From This Producer. "items" : "fadeInDown" These temperatures sustained themselves for almost 10 days. ~, ~ Hand sorting at Podere Le Ripi. Most producers agreed that sangiovese was more sensitive to the hellish weather during much of the growing season last year. With increasing popularity, attention, and not least, quality, the investment potential blooms on top of two top vintages (2015 and 2016) and an average vintage (2017), all of which have been highly sought after. The harvest for us at Contratto is long finished and at La Spinetta we are through with all the whites and the Barbera. 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