Originally posted by Stefania Wine:
Well I'll say this, good Pinot Noir vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains having waiting lists. Kevin Harvey and Pax Mahle are on my waiting list, so imagine where a home winemaking club would be on the list.
There are a few vineyards offering 'come pick em' grapes right now. The grapes are ususally of shocking low quality.
I bet I know the club being referenced here, it is tied to a commercial winery and a commercial vineyard management company. Personally, I'd ask for the grapes at 24-25 BRIX. 22 is too low for the East Penninsula where these grapes are likely to come from.
A few of us checked out such a vineyard just this morning. "shockingly low quality" is the understatement of the year. Most of the fruit was dried out raisins.
Weather this year has been all over the place; a second consecutive drought year (<50in of rain), with alternating heatwaves and frost. Most of the people I've spoken to around here weren't too affected by the frost, although Rhys lost most of their Chardonnay. Typically drought years result in better vintages, so overall I'm hopeful.
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