Vintage chart from Piemonte.
2018 has been a return to more normal conditions for Italian vintners. Piemonte noted that February and early March were quite snowy; winter was long and spring arrived late. Increased temperatures from mid-April were followed by frequent rains in May and June, meaning there were no drought conditions in the area, as was the case the previous three years. There was hail damage in parts of the region, especially in Barbaresco. Harvest took place in September 22 to the end of the month for Nebbiolo.
2018 will resemble 2014 and it is a year of very high quality, due to high temperatues, while the cool nights helped preserve acidity.
Despite frost and drought, the heatwave over summer resulted in a shorter ripening period than usual. 2017 produced lower yields but cool nights assure high acidity.
A vintage of excellent quality. Much like 2015 the vintage is full of ripeness but with a firmer tannin and higher acidity. Yields were higher than average with ideal harvest conditions.
Hailed as an exceptional vintage 2015 delivered healthy grapes and incredibly uniform bunches. Both winter and spring were cool and wet replenishing the water tables which was crucial during July, the hottest July ever recorded.
A wet, cool spring followed a very wet winter. Temperatures rose in late spring, resulting in a regular and quick fruit set which looked very promising for a generous vintage. But a cool and very wet July with some violent hailstorms, especially in the commune of Barolo, created an uneven result. Those who delayed harvest were rewarded with a small but high-quality crop of Nebbiolo. Likely to be a light year with limited cellaring potential.
Bud break was delayed by a wet and cold winter and spring. Many vineyards were so wet that the use of tractors was impossible. From July temperatures rose and remained high through the end of summer. Even though September offered fair, dry, sunny weather the growing cycle was still two weeks late. Most harvests were delayed until late October. The 2013 vintage is similar in quality to the already legendary 2010s.
2012 boasts Nebbiolos with low alcohol levels and high acidity. Bud break was delayed by a very cold February and continuing cold weather into April. The weather became more stable nearing July only to be interrupted by several hailstorms. Temperatures rose for an extremely warm August causing vines halting the growth cycle but rain towards the end of August cooled things down and the vines were back on track with slow ripening. The best wines show acidic nerve, balance and freshness. Overall a light vintage but with several excellent wines on the top level.
A very hot year which resulted in some very good, ripe but not stewed wines with higher alcohol levels. A very warm spring set expectations for a very early harvest but a cool summer slowed the growing cycle down considerably. The heat returned in August and rain at the beginning of September accelerated ripening again. Cool nights saved Nebbiolo from over ripeness, yet harvest was still a full two weeks early.
2010 saw a short, cool growing season, with irregular fruit set. Nebbiolo proved resilient thanks to its small berries and thick skins. August was hot but cool nights helped retain acidity. Rain in early September saw to a slow and steady ripening. Berries were carefully sorted, and the overall result is considered outstanding. 2010 is a classic vintage with near perfect balance.