Two more harvest updates from Italy:
Filippo Antonelli – proprietor, Antonelli, Montefalco, Umbria
“2011 was a very strange season in Italy: a rather dry spring, a very fresh July and a very warm end of August and September; the results are: in general lower production, a very good vintage for Sangiovese (perfect ripeness), the Sagrantino, compared to Sangiovese, suffered the dryness a little bit more. The paradox is that we are harvesting better grapes of Sagrantino from the worst vineyards (rich soil) compared to the best ones (poor soil). Young vineyards also suffered more than old vineyards.
We are still harvesting, so it’s a little bit early to judge the wines/vintage.”
Evan Byrne – Internal Relationships, Az. Agr. Giovanni Rosso, Serralunga d’Alba
“In terms of this year, the vintage looks very good. Quantity is small but the quality is high and the wines when finished will probably be similar to 2007. It is an early harvest, with some of the east-facing slopes such as La Serra and Cerretta doing better. We have already picked at La Serra and Vigna Rionda and have just Cerretta to come in, with all the grapes from each vineyard looking very healthy.”
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