On The Road
Welcome to On The Road. An ongoing report of our extensive travels and visits with our producers in France, Italy, Germany, and beyond.
We had a long night with Nicolas Mariotti Bindi last week tasting and catching up on the 2018 vintage. 5am may not be the ideal time to be tasting in the cellar, but we'll say it was worth it.
Much like many other growers in the Patrimonio AOC, pressure was high due to mildew in the early part of the season being uncharacteristically wet. However, just like the Marfisi family, Nicolas jumped into action and was able to get into the vines and stay on top of treatments to minimize his loss. It worked, and he is looking forward to a plentiful vintage. In fact, it is one of the biggest harvests on record for this young domaine.
Though almost all of the wines are in different stages of macerating and fermenting, harvest is still underway at the estate as he waited a week to begin harvest of the old vines in the Porcellese parcel. This will begin on Monday 9/24. All of the juice in tank is coming along nicely, with everything showing clean, fresh, and balanced. Nicolas was confident that 2018 will be a stellar vintage, and from what we have seen this far, we have to agree.