A recorded increase of 3-4° in the maximum temperatures of late March and April meant budbreak took place about 15 days earlier than a “normal” year. The situation continued throughout the flowering phase and was largely confirmed in the fruit-setting phase.
The Sangiovese vines developed good foliage in all phase. Rain in May and June averted the problem of drought-related stress and the grapes (comparable in quantity to 2006) did not suffer much from the higher temperatures.
In June a decrease in temperatures caused a partial slowing of the foliage development but balance was restored with the above average temperatures recorded in July. The high temperatures and lack of rainfall caused early veraison, and a slight delay in ripening in August. 2007 experienced average pathogen attacks and plant diseases were kept well under control.
The perfectly ripe and healthy grapes were picked in good weather between 15th-20th September and the first week of October, and therefore not early as was expected due to the precocious results in the preceding months.
The heat of 2007 definitely affected the Sangiovese grapes, making specific agronomical procedures necessary in the vineyard to avert problems of over-ripening and loss of aromas.