Posted by Barbara Kronenberg Widmer
Last Saturday, we completed the 2008 harvest in the Maremma. All the grapes are now in the cellar, and it is a good feeling that nature has little impact anymore—everything lies in our hands now. Of course, that means it's 100 percent our responsibility.
During these weeks, we normally taste the young wines directly from the vats to avoid the risk of falsified samples and to decide potential measures on the spot. But every two weeks, my team and I meet around the table to taste all the young wines from all three estates together. This way, we can directly compare 50 different cuvées, coming from 50 different vineyards or parcels—all harvested at different points in time and all vinified separately. I must say that for the time being, we are all very proud about our "babies"—we have beautiful and complex young wines, harmonic with nice, ripe tannins. What makes me personally most happy: they have beautiful ripe aromas but no overripe aromas.
In the Chianti Classico, we harvested the last Merlot on Saturday, and this week we will be completing the harvest of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon on our estate close to Castellina in Chianti (820 feet above sea level). The Sangiovese vineyards on our estate close to Radda in Chianti (1280 feet above sea level) need another week to reach the perfect ripeness for picking. So the difference in altitude has a huge impact on vegetation and therefore creates differences in the timing of perfect ripeness of the grapes.
The current weather and the weather forecasts are still very much in our favor, despite autumn having arrived, with average day temperatures of around 68°F, dropping to 40°F at night.
Talk to you again next week!
Mr Damian Zaninovich — Bakersfield,Ca — October 4, 2008 11:57am ET
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