Early spring was characterized by higher than average temperatures bud burst which arrived approximately a week early. continued, however, the rest of the spring and delaying the subsequent phases of growth and development o rise to the principal types of vine diseases, particularly downy mildew. conditions, a careful and vigilant viticulture was of fundamental importance, attentive and timely in its interventions in the vineyard to preserve t the vines and grapes and the quality of the crop.
The 2014 vintage, marked by anomalous climate during the growing season, was a difficult and rainy one.
Early spring was characterized by above average temperatures, creating the conditions for a bud burst which arrived a week earlier than the normal period. As the growing season followed, however, a very cool and quite rainy spring and summer slowed down the various phases of growth and development of the plants and grapes and caused outbreaks of vine diseases, above all downy mildew. With unfavorable conditions of this sort, a particularly meticulous, attentive and timely viticulture was necessary in order to preserve healthy conditions in the vineyard and grapes of real quality.
The Chardonnay for Pietrabianca was picked between the 22nd and the 28th of August, while the Fiano was harvested in mid-September with an aromatic profile and a vibrantly savory personality of much finesse and elegance.
The growing season in the Castel del Monte area, where the Bocca di Lupo vineyards are located, had two distinct phases: the first, from March to July, was characterized by rather cool weather with frequent rainfall, phenomenon which caused some delay in plant and grape growth and development, while the second, beginning in early August, hot and dry and lasting all the way through the harvest itself, assisted in a full and complete recovery of the previous delay and an excellent ripening of the crop. The picking of the Aglianico grapes in the proprietary vineyards of the estate began on October 5th and continued up to the 20th of the month with high level results in terms of grape quality. The 2011 vintage will surely be considered one of the finest of all for the qualitative excellent of the wines produced.