The northern season started well enough with another winter. Flowering wasn’t straight forward, July hot and August cool, damp and grey, followed a fairly anonymous September. So much so that the earlier ripening varieties (Dolcetto and Barbera) struggled to reach ripeness before the rot set in.
In Piedmont, 2010 is very much a Nebbiolo (and tartufo!) vintage, thanks to the later harvest amid benign conditions; similar to 2008 perhaps. The centre seems to have been adversely affected by a wet spring resulting in a smaller quantity of crunchy, good quality red fruit. For the Marche, 2010 was an excellent, cool year for white Verdicchio. Further south the news was not so good with Aglianico producers in Vulture and Taurasi reporting rain damage similar to 2002; necessitating strict selection.