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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114

510-654-9159

Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 

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Harvest Update: Istine

Michele Boscia

"This vintage was really challenging. If producers worked well in the vineyards, we will see the result in their wines (or vice-a versa).  It was a vintage full of problems, some vineyards took hail, often it was rain, and we had to be really well organized to be very prompt with the work in the vineyards. 

It was a really challenging growing season because I had to fight with all kinds of risk, peronospora (a water mould), oidio (powdery mildew), tignoletta (vine moth)… hail… rain everything.

It was unusually cold until may and rainy until the end of June. Before the harvest we noted that we already did not have a big production and then because we also had rain during the harvest, we had to choose to leave grapes in the vineyards, especially at the end. It was so sad to leave so many grapes in the vineyard, but I’m happy because what I have in the cellar now is really good. I am rewarded for all the energies spent during the entire  year.

I think the growing years are always different and unusual. In particular Radda in Chianti is an area of production very high (500-600 mt on the level on the sea), so is not so normal to have regular vintages. This vintage for me maybe is similar to the 2008. The skin of the grapes was very thin, so it was impossible to do very long maceration. The macerations lasted about 21 days less or more. It is a vintage very high acidity and not so high in alcohol degree. I have some tanks and barrels with wine showing good structure and age-ability, and others also showing good fruit notes and good color. 

Quantities were not so good, but this is the price to save the quality this year. This is the reason that for me it cannot be a 5 star vintage. But at the end I’m really happy of what I have in the cellar now."

-Angela Fronti, Radda in Chianti