Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Did You Know?... About the 2011 Finger Lakes Vintage

According to the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance "Vintage 2011 has yielded very pleasant wines for current consumption; with particular strength in Riesling and other aromatic whites including Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Wines exhibit Finger Lakes balance with lower than average acids being compensated by lower pH thus retaining the impression of crispness."

In comparison to 2010 (an ideal growing year in the Finger Lakes), 2011 seems to have been a bit complicated. A cool, moist spring developed large yields, while a dry summer forced a reliance on other means of getting the vines their needed water. A rainy fall left growers worried about rot, but those that waited it out were rewarded with a warm, dry harvest.

The vintage seems to have given growers the opportunity to continue the trend towards more balanced, expressive wines, neither too simple and sweet or too aggressively dry.

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