Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It hasn't been the greatest growing season for late harvest wines. It has actually been too warm and dry - there has been no rainfall in October. Last week there was heavy ground fog nearly every day, which is a more desirable climatic condition for Noble Rot, but it may be too little, too late. Last Tuesday, whilst driving to work, I did espy a vineyard crew working their way through the vineyard with 5 gallon buckets, no doubt making one of many picking passes, selecting only clusters that were showing a good dose of Botrytis cinerea. I hear the Dolce harvest can last up to 6 weeks. It's not a cheap wine, but it is a great tipple.