José Antonio Garcia 2015 Harvest
The 2015 harvest was not abundant, but the quality of the fruit was very high. This was due in particular to spring rains which helped out the vines during a crucial period and provided reserves for later. The summer saw a hot June and July. It rained in the first half August, and the nights got considerably colder, which slowed down the ripening of the grapes and helped them achieve great balance.
Harvest started September 1st under fairly hot conditions. The harvest in the Valtuille sector lasted the September 29th. This was followed by the harvest in the sector of Corullon, where ripening occurs later due to a 400m altitude difference.
Other than a touch of rain in the last days of harvest, the climate throughout 2015 was nearly perfect for grapes. This compares favorably to 2011 and 2012, which were marked by excessive heat, and 2013 and 2014, which were quite cool vintages.
Initially, the 2015s are showing plenty of concentration and structure, balanced by a good acidity, all of which is very promising indeed.