Here’s the last of the Sangiovese to be harvested at Fattoria dei Barbi. Good looking fruit, wouldn’t you say?
The 2017 harvest is over. It’s a year that we won’t forget. We’ve never seen so little rain. It’s rare for it to be so hot not to mention how cold the September evenings have been recently. It’s freezing outside.
We’ve never seen Cabernet grapes with crunchy seeds by mid-August. And we’ve never seen vines with 90 percent fewer grapes than usual but with perfect berries nonetheless — concentrated but ripe and not dried out.
What can I say?
It’s been a harvest beyond the realm of the possible. There would be one row of vines with a normal yield. And then, on the other side of the hill, there’d be a row that had lost all of its fruit because of hydric stress, frost, or wild boar.
It’s been a Blade Runner vintage: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”
But we finally made it to the end. And the few grapes we’ve harvested seem to be good quality. Really good… And I’ll tell you something else, I have a couple of tanks that are really, really good, even though the experts say it’s impossible.
Maybe it’s hope against hope. Maybe it’s wishful thinking. Think whatever you like but I’m confident that some of the 2017 harvest (not all of it) will be a five-star vintage.
Stefano Cinelli Colombini
Fattoria dei Barbi