Growing winegrapes at high elevation is challenging. The wines that result are intense, true to terroir, declarative. The vineyards experiment with varietals and coax the clusters to ripeness in the unique mountain microclimates. The mountain-and-foothill wineries and winepeople work hard. The flavorful wines, sourced from the fruit of the mountains and foothills in various parts of the USA, benefit from the clean air and deep breathing that comes with life at 1300-feet-and-above.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Nevada/Washoe County NV - Harvest Notes PART TWO
Professor Grant Cramer at University of Nevada-Reno provides this updated information.
We dodged the frost bullet once again (35°F low) and the outlook for the week of October 9 is great weather!
Our Gewurztraminer was nearly perfect with a Brix/TA ratio of 3.4 (22.4 Brix and 6.6 TA).
The Pinot Noir grapes were quite ripe with a Brix/TA ratio of 4.4 (22.6 Brix and 5.1 TA).
We'll be harvesting Semillon and maybe Merlot of October 9. Still have Pinot Gris and Chardonnay to harvest...maybe later this week.