Region 'Italy Tuscany' - Year 1999
|keep||A successful and reliable vintage|
Warm and sunny conditions from April through to June meant early flowering and fruit set in all parts of the region. Rain towards the end of August enabled the vineyards to see through a very hot and dry September without ill effects. Picking began up to two weeks early and in Montalcino was all over by 21st September. The harvest gave very healthy, ripe fruit with high sugar content. Quantities were up around 10%.
The third hot vintage in a row. Quantities are up but quality is good to very good. Both Sangiovese wines and the international varietals should be very full-bodied, soft and deeply coloured across the whole region. First tastes suggest a vintage for early to mid term drinking. Wines from the cooler areas like Rufina and the higher sites in Chianti Classico might turn out to be the best long term bets.