The beginning of the year was characterized by very low temperatures, which lowered the thermal average of the period by some degrees, and by the presence of snow in the higher hills, which contributed to restore the water reserves of the soil. The months of February and March, on the other hand, were marked by mild temperatures; just as spring has passed with a rainy climate and temperatures above the average of the period, determining the conditions for an early ripening. A further instability of the weather conditions from the first ten days of April, has produced a significant temperature drop. These atmospheric dynamics have
determined a more heterogeneous development germination. In the days between 19th and 22nd April, night frosts have affected the first vegetative stages of the vine in the low areas, such as valleys and and more humid areas, causing considerable problems for the young buds. Since the end of April, the return of high pressure has led to a stable phase of good weather with a significant rise of temperature and low rainfalls, which have made it possible to partially recover from frost damage. The flowering and setting phases took place in favorable conditions, and were carried out on a regular basis and in a fairly short time. Afterwards, the constant heat and the absence of rains characterized the whole summer, with temperatures above the average of the period and a consequent greater evapotranspiration of the vegetation, determining a condition of greater stress for the plants. From a plant health point of view, the dry climate has contributed to the good health of the plants. At the end of July, the thousandth 2017 was presented as the drier year of the last 15 years, with an average temperature, between late May and late July, among the highest recorded. These climatic conditions continued throughout the summer and the period in which the grapes were harvested. In general, there was a strong slow down of the vegetative activity, with an anticipation of the hot season and the ripening phase of about 10-15 days, which then continued until the harvest. Overall the harvest took place with great serenity and the temperature ranges recorded since the beginning of September, made an important contribution to the qualitative result. The grapes were very ripe and perfectly intact, very rich in extractive substances, with sugary degrees higher than usual and lower acidity levels.
SAMNIUM FALANGHINA 2017 WINE QUOTE 2017
On 12 July 2018, Assoenologi Campania, appointed by Sannio Consorzio Tutela Vini, held a tasting aimed at evaluating white wines for D.O.C. Falanghina del Sannio of the 2017 grape harvest. The tasting was carried out by 10 professional winemakers, experts in this type of wine, with the knowledge of the area, and the wine evaluations were made according to the Union InternationaleDesOenologues method on previously anonymised samples. This method provides that for values equal to 100, wines are to be considered excellent; for values equal to 86 the wines are to be considered excellent; for values of 72 they are to be considered good. Intermediate values are intermediate judgments among those described. The results obtained were processed from the average of the scores assigned by the individual tasters, eliminating the lowest value and the highest value. The overall average score achieved was 88/100, thus attesting the overall qualitative judgment above the optimum. The evaluations of the samples tasted have brought out distinctive traits in the wines of this thousandth, recognizable in their greater softness, concentration, body and structure. The aromatic and gustatory persistence is also remarkable. The olfactory profiles are rich in floral and fruity sensations with complex mineral nuances. The average values attested between good and excellent, underline these prerogatives, in perfect coherence with the characteristics of the 2017 grape harvest in the varietal expression of the Falanghina del Sannio.