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Harvest 2012

posted on 8 October 2012
It’s incredible: it seems as though we barely finished the 2011 harvest and here we are already at the end of this odd, totally crazy 2012!!! Yes, odd, since what else would be the right word to describe a growing year that started off with such a mild, dry winter that there was no snow, not even on the mountains, followed by a rainy, wet spring that created no lack of problems in the vineyards, which were trying to flower, then all of a sudden it was summer, and one of the hottest of recent years to boot? Hot and dry that is, until heavy rains came during the last stage of the growth cycle. So, changing environment, creeping tropicalisation of our climate? Who knows, but our job as winegrowers, and it isn’t an easy one, is to interpret as best we can what nature sends us, and so… …and so this year too, we were “out of the starting blocks” early, right after mid-August, picking slowly in the vain hope of some relief in the form of a rain or two but then finding that we had just about finished picking the pinot noir and white grapes by the end of August. They came in at 30% less than we expected, but the quality of the fruit was good, particularly of the rosanoire. The reds, on the other hand, took full benefit of the abundant rainfall in September, which allowed them to recover almost completely, both in quality and quantity, from the damage the high temperatures had brought. We brought in Merlot Rebo and Marzemino between mid- and late September, leaving just a small amount on the vines in the hope of getting some natural over-ripening. The final balance-sheet: the quantity was pretty much in line with previous years, while the grapes were loaded with colour, sugars, and–very surprisingly–acidity as well, all of which will produce wines with very lengthy cellarability. We are continuing to make Groppello and next winter we will start re-planting part of the vineyard, replacing the current grape varieties with, yes, Groppello, and we will be modifying the vineyard layout to better match the requirements of this fairly demanding indigenous grape. In early September, after suitable bottle-ageing, we released the new vintagesof some of the wines: Nepomuceno Esercizio n. 7, Zerdì 2009Sole di Dario 2007. Nepomuceno and Sole di Dario should reprise the exceptional quality of the 2007 vintage, powerful and elegant at the same time, and we are very pleased with Zerdì 2009: Rebo’s usual decisive character is enfolded in a superb balance not always present in past editions. Events: 14 October 2012 Profumi di Mosto. We will be open from 11.00am to 6.00pm, so come and taste our wines, paired with traditional local cheeses and cold cuts, offered by Condotta Slow Food Garda. 21-24 October 2012 HOSP&FOOD at the fair in Brescia. We will be there with our stand. This is a new event, focussing on local products, and on services and equipment for hospitality professionals. Those who want to attend can download and print the invitation here. 1-2 December 2012 Mercato dei vini at Piacenza, by the Vignaioli Indipendenti. Two event-packed days with personal contact with the wine producers, and you can taste then buy the wines right at the fair. That’s it for now… See you soon, Cristina and Diego

Harvest in Cantrina

posted on 8 October 2009
Here we are almost at the end of the harvest (we still have to pick just a tiny part of our grapes and press those that we have set aside for drying) and so, strange as it may seem, it’s time to take stock of the overall situation once again. It was a precocious harvest for the early-ripening grapes (Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Sauvignon), due to early flowering in the spring and very favourable weather during the summer. The picking time for Merlot, Rebo and Marzemino was more in line with the norm, thanks to a fine September with cool nights and rain-free days. The health of the grapes and the first analyses of the new wines allow us to rate 2009 as a good year. Only time will tell us whether it will be an excellent vintage: yes, time, which is much more truthful than all those exaggerated proclamations we tend to be bombarded with each year as the harvest approaches…

Let’s talk about…Vinitaly 2009

posted on 20 March 2009
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Here we are getting ready for Vinitaly 2009, even if it seems to us less and less like a fair that is appropriate for small producers like ourselves: amid all the hustle and bustle of this great event it is difficult to explain to people about our “open-minded exercice de style”. This year, therefore, we are concentrating on alternative methods of getting together with our friends (let’s hear from you!). However, if you are at Vinitaly on 2nd and 3rd April you can find us in the Lombardy pavilion in the PalaExpo on stand C7. If you so desire, we will be able to give you more details about our new releases, which we will merely outline below: Groppello, an indigenous grape variety of the Valtènesi, has become a part of Cantina’s range; with the 2008 vintage we have sought to express and interpret the potential of this cultivar in line with our particular philosophy of production. Rinè 2007 will have a new label, which will also reflect a few small changes we have made in the wine itself. Incrocio Manzoni is the new grape variety that gives this wine a stronger identity.

Cantrina from the old to the new year

posted on 20 January 2009
2008 is now just a memory: it gave us cause for concern with its rains in the spring and then cause for satisfaction with a late summer and early autumn that were ideal for ripening the grapes. The harvest then took place in cool, dry weather conditions: this, together with our efforts to keep down yields, allowed us to pick healthy grapes with a good sugar/acid balance. The resulting wines combine concentration with very fresh aromas and flavours, suggesting that they will have excellent ageing potential. 2008 was also a year for reflection. We thought long and hard about the type of wines we produce, constantly asking ourselves the same questions: “Can we express our terroir even without using indigenous grapes?” and “Can we demonstrate that quality and personality are independent of autochthony?”
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