Never so much as this year has the theory that September is the most important month been so true. With a rainy, cold spring and not especially hot summer, and in my case also aggravating hailstorms, I will not deny that at the end of August I was fearing for this year. The television news programmes were praising the 2013 harvest as extraordinary, while in my heart I had great misgivings about risking comment. The first three weeks of September were simply wonderful, with the sun not overly hot and no rain to speak of. Today’s weather predictions are talking about continued mild weather for the whole week.
For the Nebbiolo, it is still too soon to say. What is certain is that this weather is good for all of the varieties. In the coming week, we will start pressing the Nascetta and then we will start with the Dolcetto. I predict a slow-starting harvest, to benefit as much as possible from this surprising September’s sunny weather.