Harvest 2005 was short and intense. Our team began the harvest with the Pinots (Gris and Noir) in mid-September and ended just before Halloween with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Pinot Noir was harvested at 25 brix – the highest ever recorded here at SPV. The Pinot Gris and Chardonnay were harvested ripe and of good typicity for the varietal. The Riesling, on the other hand, endured eight days of rain prior to harvest which produced both sour rot (not a good thing!) and botrytis (a good thing for Riesling!) To insure that our quality standards were achieved, the vineyard team sorted the grapes both in the vineyard and on the conveyer just ahead of the press. The results are two high quality Rieslings – the Dry with ripe, clean attributes; and the juice intended for the Semi-Dry will have fantastic botrytis flavors. In preparation for winter, all of the vines are “hilled up.” Hilling up covers the vine above the graft union to help keep the graft union from freezing in the potentially harsh conditions of central NY.
Overall, the 2005 vintage is looking very strong with fresh, expressive white wines and reds that have bold color, lots of extract and ripe tannins. With Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer being exceptions, our varietal volumes are up over last year and with a “normal” winter our vineyard will continue to recover. We will continue to make improvements to our vineyard and increase plantings as we move towards 8,000 cases of wines that showcase Finger Lakes regional personality and terroir.
Dave Wiemann, Vineyard Manager