This just in from the winemaker of Castello di Verduno, Mario Andrion:
"Vintage report 2015 (so far):
Very mild winter with higher temperature than average- the very cold and snowy season was concentrated in the month of February, where we start preserving water deep in the soil for the summer. Wonderful spring: sunny with the right amount of rain (strawberry and cherries were sweet and with nice fragrance!).
The summer showed right away the crazy red-hot season… the African anticyclone remain on the area for 7 weeks reaching temperature never registered in the region (except 2003). We ate amazing apricot and peaches! The vines, especially the oldest one, never suffered the drought, thanks to the winter and spring reserve on the soil.
From the half of August, the Northern chilly wind started to contrast the high pressure coming from south. Some rains fall down at the right time helping the suffering plants.
We are having now, end of august, a great weather with clear and sunny days and cool nights.
The harvest will be not so early as I thought at the beginning of August.
All the grapes looks outstanding, so far!!!"