Good harvest of red wines, more suffered harvest of whites. Overall, a vintage that will be remembered. Early harvests, due to drought. In return: exceptional quality. Brought to the cellar already in August, the Arneis 2022 will be bottled by the end of the year. Sergio Marchisio makes a final assessment: a truly anomalous season. «The early harvest allowed us to preserve the balance between alcohol and acidity». Starting point: the relentless sun of a long, rainless summer. Result: very high sugar content. Not only that: as throughout Piedmont, the harvest in Roero was leaner. A drop of 20-30%, for white grape varieties. Blame the great thirst: impossible to practice relief irrigation (in other regions allowed). But there is consolation: «The unpredictable weather has given us exceptional aromas. A sensational Arneis is announced».
On the other hand, the quantities of red grapes were average: Barbera and Nebbiolo suffered much less from the drought. «In this case the contraction was imperceptible». The best news came from Valmaggiore, the prestigious hill in Vezza d’Alba. «We were afraid that the sandy soil would create aridity problems. Instead, the harvest was perfect: equal to last year’s». Incidentally: the Marchisio Family’s Valmaggiore Nebbiolo (screw cap) is a real must. Organic and biodynamic, it’s the first Nebbiolo – in history – vinified and aged in amphora. If the work in the vineyard aims at full harmony with nature, the winery style perfects the work. Genuineness, indigenous yeasts, ceramics. All ingredients that then make memorable even wines born in a season like the one just past, complicated by the almost African climate. In the end, it is always the result that speaks. And the 2022 wines already book themselves among the best ever.