Most Tuscan growers regard 1985 as one of the vintages of the Century. The winter was unusually cold – everyone remembers the freeze that year, which decimated the olive trees - and the spring was also rainy with below-average temperatures. However, the initiation of the vegetation cycle was generally routine and flowering and fruit set were good. At the end of July, weather conditions changed unexpectedly. A long, hot summer followed by nice weather that persisted throughout the period of the harvest assured a vintage of grapes that were healthy and endowed with extremely high levels of sugar.