Bugs everywhere!

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The rainy spring has complicated life for our fruit trees, in both our garden and greenhouse. The constant high humidity has facilitated the development of fungi and red spider mites as well as terrible aphids that destroy leaves and thus the plant’s ability to grow.   To contain the numbers of these small and annoying…

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Wet spring

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There are essentially two issues with spring 2018: rain and manpower. As you can see from the graph, the blue columns represent the rain for the last month. Notice both the increased frequency and intensity. This fact will cause constant and continuous infections in our vineyard from fungi, especially downy mildew. We’re at maximum alert….

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A tasting to share

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The most beautiful moments are spontaneous and natural. The most beautiful places are simple, authentic, and full of emotion. My thanks to Martins for having the idea of reviving Conte Vassallo’s late 19th century home. Inside its walls, we threw together a tasting before the first day of harvest. We started with a one-liter bottle…

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Sun and sulfur

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In the last post, I talked about a late frost in Langa at the end of April. Now I’m going to describe the exact opposite: sun, heat, drought. From the beginning of May up to today we have recorded 1-2 rainfalls of no importance and very high average temperatures. Summer started early and you can…

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We are planting magic

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The ancient Celts said that every tree possesses a spirit which defends it, keeps it alive, and causes trouble to whoever cuts it down. When wood was needed for building or fire, permission was asked to the spirit and part of the tree was replanted in order to avoid curses and revenge. In Langa, for…

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Maceration and Tannins

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  In the years prior to 1980, every winemaker produced Barolo in nearly the same way: 2-3 months of macerating and splinting, where the marc cap was pushed and pressed against the liquid with wooden planks. It produced particularly bitter tannic wines that could only be appreciated after 20 years or so. From the 80s…

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2016, what a beauty!

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The optimism in the air has become a reality. I can calmly affirm that 2016, in the end, is a year of excellent value. Sometimes people wait to say such things out of superstition. They think it, but they don’t say it. However, I now believe that this year has been more than great for…

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2016: there’s optimism

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We’re starting the 2016 harvest and trying to understand it at the same time. Spring was not easy due to the constant humidity present on the foliage, but the cool and sunny summer allowed the grapes to ripen in a constant and continuous manner. This year will be rewarding to whoever has the vineyards with…

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Any more Boreas than this and…

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Boreas is the god of north wind in Greek mythology, exactly why my inspiration for this wine is the exaltation of its freshness, acidity, and salinity. Which year, if not 2014, represents this concept? 2014 perfectly follows the conditions of high latitudes; a cool summer, not cold, quite rainy. Not having enough confidence in this…

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Kaskal Act II

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The first year of our nebbiolo-based bubbly wine has arrived. Last year, which was year zero, was pure experimentation. Now instead we are refining the technique, understanding the potential of our variety in this spumante version. The blend is mostly 2011 with a small part of 2010. The yeast took 45 months to work and…

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