Weather in Montalcino is more promising than expected: Harvest 2016 update from Stefano


The weather forecast has improved. And instead of rain on Saturday, Sunday, and maybe Monday, we will just have a few drops on Saturday night. Or at least, it seems that way. I’ve decided that it’s worth waiting and so we have stopped picking.

In the photo, you can see Sangiovese grapes that are arriving at the winery now. Good color with healthy skins. It can take a little rain and it will be just fine if we wait a few more days.

No one who knows about wine would dare claiming how many stars this vintage will have at this point. It’s just the end of September and it’s going to be a good one for sure. But who can say right now? The grapes are looking really good and there is a little more sunshine…

Over in Scansano, we ended the harvest with fireworks. The nearly six hectares of the feral hogs’ vineyards delivered Sangiovese grapes with potential average alcohol content of 14.3 percent, total acidity of 0.6 percent and perfect pH.

Farming is a strange business. This year, in our little corner of Maremma, not a drop of rain fell for three months. And the vineyard that usually gives us problems, because it pushes too hard and has soils that retain too much water, was actually the best.

Maybe this will never happen again. Who knows?

And I almost forgot to mention: The first Brunello that we’ve racked in Montalcino has some of the best color we’ve ever seen. These 2016 wines look like ink. And I’m not kidding. It’s all Sangiovese and traditional clones at that. That’s just the way nature is. Sometimes it gives you gifts you’ve never seen before.

Stefano Cinelli Colombini

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