The first months of the year, dry and mild, favoured early budding as it was 1997.
The rainy June favoured the growth of grapes and vegetation, with higher uniformity in plants and vineyards. The months of July and August, particularly hot and dry and with no botrytis attacks, contributed to speed up ripening.
September was an excellent month, hot and with scarce rain, properly windy, able to favour increase in the sugar level of grapes and reduction in acidity, in particular the malic one.
We can certainly say that the weather favoured late-ripening vines such as nebbiolo for Barolo.