New release: Duemani 2012s
Hot off the heels of being rated as the third best winery in Italy, Duemani release their latest vintage, 2012, amidst a whirlwind of enthusiasm and noise. The bio-dynamic duo of Luca d’Attoma and Elena Celli could not have wished for a more meteoric rise to fame, hardly a surprise, perhaps, given Luca’s vast experience in consulting to some of the Tuscan coast’s top wineries. The praise is thoroughly deserved. The wines reverberate with pure, brilliantly clear fruit flavours. Their energy and clarity of flavour make them a joy to drink. Regardless of vintage every year the estate sets the benchmark higher and so it is with 2012, a year that has produced wines of brilliant fruit, precision, and fine yet gripping structures. They will reward several years bottle age.
2012 vintage report:
The winter of 2012 was extraordinarily dry until some snowfall occurred in mid-December with temperatures constantly below freezing killing off many olive trees. The growing season was marked by frequent rains in April and May, creating many problems during flowering. These wet, cool conditions were followed by a sudden burst of warmth which meant many flowers aborted their fruit or produced small, millerande berries. In contrast to spring, the summer months were extremely dry, not a drop of rain until the middle of September. Temperatures remained considerably higher than average for long periods until the second week of August. The harvest looked to be an early one but cooler weather towards the end of the season slowed ripening down, particularly for the Cabernet Franc which Duemani did not finish picking until the beginning of October. This weather pattern was particularly beneficial to the late ripening varieties such as Cabernet Franc, which reach full ripeness and maintained fresh acidity in the process. In the end the 2012 harvest yielded a healthy, fully ripe crop.
The wines are currently abroad and will be shipped in January 2016.