The vintage began with a mild winter albeit rich in rainfall, including snow, which ensured an excellent supply of water which proved to be essential. Although the year was characterized by an important climatic alternation, with late frosts, thunderstorms, summer hailstorms but also drought, we obtained surprising results in terms of grape quality, perhaps also by virtue of the not excessive quantity of production.
The 2020 year began under the banner of a winter without particular criticalities, characterized by mild temperatures and little rainfall, especially snow. An excellent vintage, with peaks of excellence especially in the medium-long aging wines which have ideal characteristics for achieving important enological objectives.
Unlike the particularly precocious last vintage, the 2019 vintage will be remembered for having developed in a decidedly more usual way.
We can define it as traditional, with a quality production despite the slight decrease in quantity compared to the previous year.
The 2018 vintage opened with a long winter full of rainfall which restored the water supply of the soil which had weakened due to the climatic trend of the previous year. We can say that it was a traditional year that required particular attention from us in vineyard management, allowing us to obtain results that exceeded expectations at the beginning of the campaign.
The 2017 wine year will be remembered for the warm climatic trend and in particular for the low rainfall. A lower quantitative yield was found in the vineyard, given in line with a year in which rainfall was scarce, with bunches that presented turgid berries with an average must-skins percentage when harvested.
The 2016 harvest was certainly one of the longest in terms of duration in recent years.
The wines are characterized by an excellent balance with important aromas and an excellent structure, even if in some cases there will be lower alcohol content than in 2015. In general, it is a vintage with significant characteristics.
2015 began with a winter characterized by abundant snowfalls which allowed for an excellent water supply to the land.
In general we can state without any doubt, also considering the great balance shown by the maturation data, that 2015 was a great year to remember, like few others in history.
Although the 2014 vintage was one of the most complex in vineyard management in recent years, it reserved pleasant surprises given the quality of the grapes vinified due to a favorable end to the season. In the Barolo area the situation is much more varied than in recent years also due to the hailstorms that have affected the production area in “leopard spots”.
The 2013 harvest will be remembered as “vintage”, as the grape harvesting operations began on average 15 days later than in the last 10 years, and ended in early November with the last bunches of Nebbiolo harvested. In particular, the beginning of the vine’s vegetative cycle was conditioned by the slow start of spring and by the averagely low temperatures of March and April.
It was a not abundant vintage in terms of production, but starting from an excellent raw material as regards the phytosanitary aspect and with excellent organoleptic characteristics that will allow us to obtain extraordinarily balanced wines.
The 2011 harvest will be remembered over time as an unconventional vintage, in fact it was very precocious and with not excessive yields in the vineyard.
Winter passed on a regular basis both in terms of temperatures and rainfall which intensified especially in the month of March (176 mm of monthly average against about 90 mm in 2010), resulting in good water availability in the soil at the start of the campaign.
The harvest campaign was characterized by a harsh and particularly prolonged winter given the continuation of the season until the beginning of March, which is quite unusual compared to recent years, but on average if we consider a longer period of time. The abundant snowfalls ensured important water reserves in the soil which, combined with the temperatures recorded in April and May, favored excellent budding and good vigor of all the vines in the area.
The 2009 agricultural campaign began with a winter characterized by abundant snowfalls and a rainy beginning of spring which ensured an excellent water reserve in the ground.
These reserves were of fundamental importance during the summer, avoiding problems related to water stress that could occur given the almost zero summer rainfall combined with the heat, especially in the second half of August.
The 2008 vintage was very difficult from an agricultural point of view and, specifically, for viticulture. The parasitic attacks, mainly of downy mildew and powdery mildew, created persistent problems from mid-May throughout June and July, with some aftermath also in the month of August. The damage, above all from a quantitative point of view, but fortunately not from a qualitative point of view, was considerable.
The harvest operations began well in advance of the average, and the harvested grapes reached quality levels above all expectations. The 2007 vintage can be considered “anomalous” due to the general climatic trend, with a particularly mild winter, a not very hot summer, with little rainfall and a harvest quantitatively lower than the averages but qualitatively excellent.
In the cellar, at the end of the vinification operations, the wines have very complex aromas, the right acidity and adequate alcohol content, characteristics in line with those of the last great vintages.
A relatively mild winter with limited rainfall was followed by an early spring with cool temperatures but little rainfall.
2005 was certainly less productive than 2004, with an estimated reduction of around 10% on average values. The 2005 vintage, for our wines, on a hypothetical scale of values from 1 to 10, is very close to the apex and we can tentatively assign them an 8.
The vinification operations resulted in wines with very interesting and complex aromas, acidity of the right value and adequate alcohol content. The 2004 vintage passed under the banner of “normality”, with a not excessively hot summer, the right amount of rainfall and a long and peaceful harvest, which began in mid-September and ended in late October, but with excellent qualitative characteristics.
A harvest characterized by great tranquility, thanks to climatic conditions that allowed for an orderly harvesting, respecting the ripening times of the individual varieties and individual vineyards.
The 2002 harvest, not only in Piedmont, will be remembered both because it interrupted a cycle of exceptional years and because the meteorological conditions were anomalous, causing quite a few problems for the entire wine-producing Italy.
The Nebbiolo-based wines of the Barolo, Roero and Nebbiolo d’Alba denominations have good alcohol content, intense colours, broad and complex aromas, good structure and good polyphenolic richness. Typical characteristics of five-star wines, able to face the world stage with the best chance of success and to satisfy the most demanding palates.
The turn of the century opens with an intriguing and mysterious vintage, LeLanghe offers all enthusiasts a splendid vintage, inviting everyone to taste it to discover its best characteristics: high alcohol content, intense colours, broad and complex aromas, excellent structure and remarkable phenolic richness.
The weather in September positively influenced the ripening cycle of the grapes, which presented a good state of health (limited attacks of mould, healthy and thick skin). This situation has allowed for regular harvesting operations, giving the Langa another little jewel.
The 1998 vintage repeated the climatic trend already observed in 1997, also adding something more and of its own: the heat was further accentuated in terms of intensity and duration, giving the grapes a high quality, beautiful, healthy, aesthetically impeccable and without botrytis attacks.
The year, which began under the sign of disturbed weather with biting cold and numerous snowfalls, from the third ten days of January followed through to May with a long period of dry weather and, often, with above-average temperatures.
The first Barolo Tenuta Rocca was born under a lucky star: the 1996 harvest is a productive event with very relevant qualitative tones. From an organoleptic point of view, all the red wines offer very rich colors and very pleasing hues.