After a rather mild and dry autumn, winter temperatures dropped a lot, helped by the cold north winds. This period was characterized also by lack of rain, except for a few rainy days in February. Since the beginning of March, the beautiful sunny days and the substantial increase in temperatures anticipated the budding. However, temperatures dropped again in April, when the long-awaited rains arrived. It is thanks to these spring rains that it was possible to re-establish the water reserve of the subsoils. Two short hailstorms during two days in April thinned the shoots and slightly reduced the amount of production, especially for the more precocious Merlot. The continuation of spring was also somewhat unusual, as it was characterized by temperatures below the seasonal norm and persistent rains, accompanied by north winds. This climatic condition has kept the agronomists and country staff very busy. It also has affected the vegetation by delaying the growth of the shoots and consequently, also the flowering. Around mid-June, good weather arrived, with mild temperatures, sunny days and intense ventilation. A perfect condition for the phenological phases of the vine. Flowering was slightly delayed to May, and took place in optimal conditions with no winds. The result was an excellent, regular and complete fruit set.
Some Merlot vineyards were affected by millerandage. The fairly loose bunches were well aerated, to the benefit of the growth of the berries and subsequent ripening.
June was characterized by high temperatures, with daytime temperatures often even above 40 ° C. Luckily this intense heat did not last for a long time. In fact, a rainy turbulence occurred at the beginning of July, bringing refreshment to the vines and re-establishing the underground water reserves. August was quite hot but with temperatures that have always remained in the seasonal average. After mid-August, some rains brought refreshment and prevented any risk of water stress to the plants. The phenolic ripening of the grapes took place about 6-7 days later than in
the previous years. Especially for the Merlot, that could hang longer on the vines, compared to the last 10-15 years. This enabled a full and complete ripening.
The harvest began in the first days of September with Merlot, starting from the vineyards located in the plains, followed by those located on the hills. The harvesting of Cabernet Sauvignon started towards the middle of September. The harvesting operations of both varieties ended between the last week of September and first days of October. Grapes were healthy, well pigmented, crunchy. Excellent extraction in young musts, which from the first days of fermentation have highlighted a good concentration and extract. The sugar levels were quite high and this resulted in a higher alcohol content than in previous years. Nonetheless the alcohol content is not too much felt on the palate, thanks to the elegance of the tannins, which are well ripe, integrated and velvety. This is also supported by a good balanced acidity, which makes the wine approachable and pleasant to drink, even at a young age. Compared to the 2018 vintage, for obvious reasons of climatic conditions that affected the vintage, Guidalberto 2019 stands out for its great complexity (average extract 34 gr /liter), aromatic component, maturity of tannins and balanced acidity. All of this combined, suggests a great aging potential for this wine.
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