Yesterday, 7 October, we have completed the harvest, picking the Sangiovese grapes for the production of Brunello di Montalcino in the high zone of Sant'Angelo in Colle, in the vineyards "Costa" and "Fonterenza" to be precise.
Healthy, ripe grapes that will give the Brunello 2011 elegance, aromas, acidity, thanks to the location of the vineyards at 400 meters above the sea level.
We have arrived at the end of a long harvest that begin with the picking of the white grapes on 22 August.
The climatic progression of this year passed from a cool and rainy July to a torrid August without rain. A progression that continued even in September and that made us work diligently in the vineyard to select the grapes and to pick those more advanced in their ripening, which were at risk and were being dried, leaving in the vineyard those which were not good.
The vines located at different altitudes, with ages that vary between 15 and 47 years, have responded well to the climatic progression and we can say that not only for the Riserva I Paganelli, but also for the Brunello di Montalcino vintage and for the Rosso di Montalcino, the quality is very high. Rightly, we must wait for the wines to finish the malolactic fermentation before we pass judgment. But our experience, as we have already tasted them, tells us that the quality is there and that it is very good.
A thanks, as always, to our workers who have worked hard in the vineyard up until the very end, selecting and picking only the best bunches.