Vintage 2014: an update
Dear friends, here is an update on the vintage 2014: Biondi Santi will not produce its Brunello, nor Bertani and Romano dal Forno their Amarone etc… in other words, some of the world beaters, aware of the fact that they cannot maintain the usual level of their top wines, will not even bottle them. No big deal, it’s the risk you run with winemaking and there have been many vintages where grands vins have not been produced due to natural causes.
In fact, to support this theory, in the issue of Civiltà del bere about to come out in Italy, we are going to publish a piece on “skipped” vintages of legendary wines. We are giving you a table that you can print off and keep in your pocket, just in case a wine shop offers you a suspiciously cheap First Growth Bordeaux…
Legendary wines harvest:
Getting back to the subject, though, the 2014 vintage in Italy is not all bad! I have personally walked through some vineyards in Montepulciano (Tuscany), for example, and I saw perfect Sangiovese grapes, a bit of mould here and there, but nothing to cause concern. To say nothing of more resistant varieties, like Cabernet. Not bad in the south, so-so in Apulia, good in eastern Sicily. Well, we won’t be putting 2014 on the list of golden vintages, but we will get some good wines. Obviously, mainly in vintages like this, you will be guided by your palate when buying, because it is normal for bottlers to praise the vintage unreservedly. Let’s turn to some useful news from the Italian front.