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The year 2002 was marked by a warm, dry spring, with no significant frost and almost perfect flowering. During the summer, long sunny stretches were regularly interspersed with overcast and rainy spells. Just before the harvest, a final sunny interlude – perfect and unexpected – made it easy to forget the heavy rainfall of late August and early September. The vines were in good health, and the concentration of the grape berries led to new heights of ripeness. The harvest started on September 12 and lasted until September 28.
On the nose the wine bouquet is lilting and luminous, with a wide spectrum dominated by an orange-red glow. This complexity becomes deeper in the finish, with hints of smoke and black cherry.
On the palate, the wine has an assertive presence and remarkably tactile with creamy fleshiness and caressing intensity. The feeling of fullness stretches out and sustains the sappy, vibrant, crystalline note.