The 2022 vintage will be remembered for being one of the earliest and most surprising ever.
Since the early Winter phases we have witnessed an unusual meteorological situation characterized by a lack of rainfall and a mild climate, while the beginning of the growing season has been in line with the last few years.
The lack of a water reserve in the ground was immediately evident with a Spring that continued with good weather and no significant rainfall. The months of April and May confirmed the trend of very low rainfall with temperatures in line with the seasonal average, while the highest highs, compared to the historical ones, arrived from the end of May and continued throughout June leading to an advance flowering period of about 10 days.
The Summer saw the continuation of the trend of good weather and high temperatures with the vines that self-regulated on the lack of water availability, showing a lower vegetative development and smaller bunches. On the other hand, there were no problems due to desease attacks and the agronomic management of the vineyard proved to be quite easy.
Harvesting operations began in the first days of September and ended in early October. The quality of the bunches was excellent while the quantity was rather heterogeneous influenced by the exposure of the vineyards, the quality of the soil and the different ripening period of the different varieties.
The white wines have an excellent alcohol level and a good acid structure with a tendency to decrease, a fact which has led most of the producers to start the harvest in advance to preserve the aromas.
The Dolcetto and Barbera based wines are balanced and with very interesting perspectives, maintaining a good freshness, despite the summer heat, and with an accumulation of anthocyanins such as to show important colors and structures.
The Nebbiolo based wines demonstrate, once again, the unique link with the area of this variety, surprisingly managing to adapt to the climatic conditions in an almost perfect way. The dimensions of the berry were smaller than the average, guaranteeing a better extraction of the tannic and aromatic substances also due to the excellent alcohol content. Preserving the acid profile in vinification resulted in full-bodied wines with excellent long-term aging potential.