Lieser, 10. November 2011
Perfect vintage 2011
It’s super that we already had the Pinot Noir from Baden in the cellar before the Riesling harvest began in the Mosel. This gave us some time to preharvest our 30 acres of Riesling vineyards and to sort out the raisins from the bunches. This was very time consuming on the 70% steep sloped parcels, as the vines with original rootstock (from pre-phylloxera times) had lots of raisins.
We recently received these stunning photographs along with a report of the 2011 Harvest from San Polino in Montalcino. Cheers!
VENDEMMIA 2011 at SAN POLINO
A couple of weeks before harvest a journalist [Walter Speller] who writes for the English wine specialist Jancis Robinson asked me how I thought this year’s harvest would be. I replied that my impressions were mixed. August and September were overly hot and dry, but that I believed that we should expect many surprises.
He entitled his article “Montalcino’s Surprising 2011 Vintage,” and quoted my letters, which you can read here.
And, indeed, the 2011 vintage certainly brought many unexpected results….
Vineyard Mendiguerra at Bodega Miguel Merino
We just received a harvest report from Bodega Miguel Merino in Briones, La Rioja Alta, along with these stunning photographs! Enjoy!
Briones, La Rioja Alta 20 October 2011
After a mild winter with little snow, a spring of little rain and warm temperatures in May and most of June, we had an unusual summer with below average temperatures in July and early August; while the second half of August was really warm and September started very hot and dry, without a drop of rain.
Sybille Kuntz Estate
We’ve just received a harvest report from Sybille Kuntz Estate along with some awesome vineyard shots. Enjoy!
Tempranillo at Bodegas Santalba
We just received a quick harvest update from Bodegas Santalba, accompanied by a number of images:
I am happy to inform you that we have started to harvest today on a fresh and cloudy morning. The grapes are in very good condition and there is good ripening, even though there were areas with severe draught. The different tractors have arrived with grapes that show an alcohol potential of 12.9 to 14.1%.
Hand Harvesting at Marco Cecchini
We just received a harvest report from Marco Cecchini in Friuli, along with these sweet photographs:
2011 has been a sunny season in the northeast of Italy, especially in Friuli Venezia Giulia with days of rain under the normal average! It’s been the complete opposite of 2010.
Dry spring and summer days help, following a natural way to cultivate the vines. Copper and sulfur help the canopy with no herbicides.
Just in from Serge Laloue: the 2011 Harvest Report!
The first samples were taken on August 10th, confirming that the approximate 3-week head start the vines got in the spring was maintained. From then on, the grapes developed normally under a mix of sunny conditions and rainy spells. The opening of the harvest was officially set for September 7th.