CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2019

A year off the book with an unusually warm autumn, a rainy winter and days defined by temperatures below zero during January and February.

The vines’ budding started during the second decade of April after a return of cold weather. The spring was characterized by considerable precipitation and sunny days. The temperature was always under the seasonal average.

The summer had average temperatures. This, combined with the water supply – accumulated during winter and spring – and occasional rains during July and August, let vines to not suffer for lack of water, to catch up the budding and to have excellent development.
During the first days of August, the general situation has allowed the difference in temperature between day and night.

As a whole, thanks to the general situation, the grape was able to reach a perfect phenolic maturation.

During these vintages, where the variability of the Sator terroir is excellent, men should not be hurried during the harvest. It is mandatory to wait until each grape has the perfect maturation.

Thanks to laboratory testing of grapes’ tasting, we decided to start the harvest 15 days later than regular vintages.

CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2018

After a winter with average temperature, with only a short period below zero and heavy rains between January and February, buds started to sprout at the beginning of April.

Spring 2018 was unconventional. We experienced a mixture of extreme heat , humidity and rain, which led to the end of flowering at the beginning of June.
At the end of the month the rain stopped and the temperature was customarily hot.

At the end of July we had a little rain which helped to cool down the temperature, the air became fresh, a situation that helped the grapes to ripe and become sweeter.

The harvest started at the end of August collecting first of all the Merlot and the Ciliegiolo grapes, followed by the Vermentino and the Fiano grapes, ending with the Sangiovese grapes at the beginning of October.

Ideal weather conditions continued during September and October. The weather was dry and sunny which allowed us to wait until all varieties of grapes reached the right stage of maturity.

CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2017

After a mild winter, with limited below-zero days in January and February and average rain, new buds sprouted at the beginning of April.

Spring 2017 was hot and dry. At the end of April the rain stopped, the flowering was on average but the bud set showed problems due to unusual temperature in the first days of June.

At the beginning of summer, the temperatures were higher than usual until the end of July. Fortunately, the agronomic practices already used in the past such as the green manure to create the perfect conditions into the soil for the roots to expand deeper and deeper, the absence of irrigation and the surface treatments of the soil, prevented the stop in maturation of the grapes.

At the end of July, a bit of rain helped stabilize the temperature on the seasonal average and supported the temperature range, a situation accentuated by more rain in the middle of August.
The temperature range between night and day and the fresher air during the day helped the grapes to ripe and become sweeter.

The harvest started at the end of August collecting first of all Merlot and Ciliegiolo grapes, followed by Vermentino and Fiano, ending with Sangiovese grapes at the beginning of October.
Ideal weather conditions continued during September. The weather was dry and sunny which helped all varieties of grape to reach its right stage of maturity
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CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2016

A vintage by the book. The autumn was unusually hot and during winter it rained a lot, the temperature dropped to zero degree only in February. New buds appeared in the middle of April thanks to the higher temperatures.

Spring 2016 was characterized by a mix of rainy and sunny days, the temperatures were constantly under the seasonal average.
At the beginning of summer, the temperatures returned to the average with some periods in July higher than usual.
The trend of temperatures and the good water reserves accumulated during winter and spring, allowed the vines not to go into water stress and to reach their right stage of maturity.

At the beginning of August, the general situation helped the temperature range with heavy rain in the middle of August. The general conditions and the climatic trend at the end of summer helped the grapes to become sweeter and to reach the perfect ripeness.

The harvest started at the beginning of September collecting first Merlot and Ciliegiolo grapes, ending with Sangiovese in the middle of October.

CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2015

Regular vintage. After a nice winter, temperatures dropped below zero only for a few days in January and February with heavy rain. The vines sprouted at the beginning of April.

Spring 2015 was hot and dry. Thanks to this situation the flowering was anticipated and buds were already sprouted at the beginning of June. In June and July the temperatures were above average, associated with the worry of a stop in maturation.

At the end of July the rain helped to cool down the temperature until the middle of August. The air became fresh and this helped the grapes to ripe and become sweeter.

CLIMATE AND VINTAGE

2014

Irregular vintage. Because of a mild winter, the flowering and primary buds arrived later, at the end of April.

Mid-spring was characterized by temperatures higher than usual and the period between the flowering and the primary buds was shorter.

The summer started fine but, in the middle of July, the rain lowered the temperatures until the end of August.

In September the wind helped the grapes to dry and to grow.

The harvest started in the middle of September collecting first of all Merlot and Ciliegiolo grapes, ending with Sangiovese at the end of October.

The grapes with a slower maturity didn’t reach the top to produce Riservas. For this reason, SATOR Winery didn’t produce the Operaundici 2014 and the Sileno Sangiovese 2014.

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