2013 – « The Capricious »

2013: « The Capricious »

The 2013 vintage is a late vintage, with moderate degrees and a nice freshness.

After a mild and rainy winter, spring was one of the coolest and wettest in recent years. These low temperatures induced a delay in the vegetative start and the development of the vine. The flowering of the Grenaches was disturbed by temperature variations and led to a significant phenomenon of coulure, an “imperfect” fertilization of the flower, resulting to an underdevelopment of certain berries, which remain small in size.

The summer was rather hot and dry, but that was not enough to catch up. The vine continued to grow until August and concentrated on its grapes only from September. The result is a harvest 3 weeks later than usual. Yields are extremely low.

The fermentations took place normally, but a long vatting was necessary to extract enough substance and roundness. The whites and rosés have a beautiful aromatic and freshness. The red wines are on the lightness, with a grenache expressing itself on the fruit. Wines with good acidity, racy and elegant.

The 2013 vintage was one of the latest in the last 30 years, thus reminiscent of the maturities of the 1980s. It is characterized by very low yields (17hl/ha) and relatively atypical balances for the region, where the fruit and finesse outweigh power and opulence. Wines that can travel through time, thanks to their freshness and a beautiful tannic structure.