1st September: the 2015 harvest begins

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1st September: we’re starting the 2015 harvest! It’s early compared to a normal year by two weeks. The heat has been strong for the whole summer. The precocious and semi-precocious varieties have responded well and now they’re ripe or just about perfect. We’ll start with the dolcetto on the Lirano hill. The bunches are healthy and…

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Last Bit of Relaxation

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A few more hours of relaxation before I begin the 2015 harvest. This photo was taken on a field of recently-cut barley. A new vineyard will be planted here next spring. We cultivated barley and clover in this soil for two years, letting the land detoxify to make it more suitable for the new planting…

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Not Like Last Year

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Without a doubt, 2015 will be an early year, thanks mainly to the great summer heat combined with the strong humidity present in the subsoil due to the intense winter and spring rains. It’s still not possible to evaluate this year, but it definitely hasn’t been like the cold of 2014. In fact, July and…

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A new beginning: Langhe Nascetta 2013 Borea

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It took seven years of testing to produce the wine which I will talk about in this post. In 2007 I planted the first rows of nascetta. In 2009 I turned it into wine for the first time. Since then we have experimented with different techniques year after year. It’s all Sergio Molino’s “fault”, enotechnician…

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Unpleasant spring

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The photo that you see above is the symbol of this spring. This year, like last year, we find ourselves facing the beginning of a difficult season, where the level of attention in the vineyard is never lowered. The heat has come in flashes. A lot of clouds and rain have intermittently followed one after…

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Nebbiolo bubbles

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Post Nebbiolo Prima is always rich with comments from everyone. Sometimes it even grows into gossip, but I have to say that this time the press invited from all over the world was very perceptive. Everyone understood that there are innovations and winds of change in Langa. Certainly nebbiolo is always the center of attention,…

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But why Nascetta?

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I’d like to talk to you about the creation of the new association Indigenous Langa, about its first event which just finished at the Castle of Grinzane, about the criticisms and compliments we received. I could say who was the best and the worst wine to taste. I could convey the great enthusiasm for the…

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Humidity

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The incessant rain seems to have finally left us, but the bizarre weather conditions haven’t gone away: a blanket of humidity has enveloped the Langhe since the beginning of May. The attached diagram clearly shows it. Follow the violet curve and you can see nocturnal peaks equal to 97% humidity, quite an incredible condition for…

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Wake up!

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After much suffering, the official arrival of spring is here. The wind of Foehn is sweeping in and drying the area. Nature awakes. First flowers appear on the greensward and the gems of our vineyards begin to move. Splendid days with colors that satisfy the eye. We are preparing for the beginning of the 2015…

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Much, too much water…

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  I had never seen so many landslides in the hills of Langa before these last few days of heavy rain. It’s added up to the same amount of water fallen since last spring. We remember a humid and cold 2014 with the aggravation of the abundant snowfall of February 2015. Our clayish calcareous lands,…

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