A difficult 2013 growing season has culminated in the Rioja DOCa council describing the vintage as ‘good’, the worst official rating for a decade.
Each of the Rioja DOCa vintages since 2004 inclusive have been rated as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. But, the appellation’s ruling council has graded 2013 as just ‘good’ – a return to 2003 levels – after what it described as ‘a difficult year for grapegrowers’.
Aspettando il giorno in cui anche a Montalcino, Montepulciano e Montefalco “buono” sarà sinonimo di “mediocre”. Sembra impossibile ma sarebbe un gran passo in avanti (Via Gianpaolo Paglia -su Facebook– e Decanter).