A balanced growing season without much problems overall. More attention was payed in the vineyards with canopy management done more often and with more attention to avoid direct sunlight. Treatments in the vineyards were done spot-on and the fruit was near-to-perfect. Late summer and autumn was dry and the sugar levels end of September were very high without the balance of acidity and phenolic ripeness. We waited for the rain to come end of October and were able to pick in perfect moon cycle. We took a big risk for the picking as I wanted to harvest all the red grapes in a quick move and we invested a lot of money in new equipment in the cellar for receiving grapes to pull this stunt. The investments payed off and we picked 50.000Kg of grapes in 2,5 days in 8 different vineyards with over 35 pickers… a stunt! The result are stunning wines with depth, body, precision. The wines are dry, complex and very balanced. I am very happy with the result and especially the decision to invest in better equipment which payed off. With the wines of the 2014 vintage, we stepped into anther level of winemaking.
A very wet vintage from early in the season, needing double the treatments of a classic Northern valley Etna vintage. 7 treatments all together which is very unusual. Vegetation did not stop and the workload was tremendously intense. In June we suffered in Passopisciaro a hail blast which reduced crop in the Feudo di Mezzo vineyards to 25%. The next day Solicchiata got hammered in the Piano Daini vineyard… Summer was unusual also with some rainfall during August which accelerated photosynthesis of the vines up to the point of reaching maturation for the white grapes already in September, although with less sugar and thus alcohol. Autumn was complicated with humidity and mould expanding on vineyards with too high crop. As we do every year a kind of crop thinning, picking out the excessive bunches for the rosé, our Nerello was impeccable. Moon cycle was not going to be good, except if waiting until November and this we picked extremely early and finished in a rush, like 2014, all grapes in few days. Again, our cellar equipment allowed us to do this and we finished on October 20th with complete darkness and torches all grapes. It is difficult to say right now what the wines will be like, although I have the intuition that the wines will be very elegant, expressive, with less body. It will be a vintage to pay attention in the cellar as we have less margin for errors due to the lack of body. Personally I am very, very curious!
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