Monday, October 10, 2011

Amador Harvest Notes: "After the rain, better chance for great wines"

Scott Harvey sends along this note:

"Went through all the remaining vineyards I work with in the Sierra Foothills on October 9 to assess picking times and the effect of the rain.  Saw no mold growth.  Luckily we had a drying wind after the rain that dried everything out. 

Dick Cooper in
his vineyard
Dick Cooper (Cooper Vineyards, Plymouth) was dealing with some splitting berry problems with Petit Syrah. 

The sugars have dropped and the skins are softer giving the grapes more flavor at lower sugar levels which will lead to more balanced wines with lower alcohols and more flavors. 

All in all I feel the wines after this rain have a better chance to be great than those harvested before the rain."

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