Yield vs. Quality

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

The common myth in wine growing is that the smaller the yield the better the quality. This 2012 vintage has been a banner year for winemakers as far as quality goes.  And at the same time, it has been a banner year for growers as far as yields go.  Looking back on past vintages such as 2005, 2007, and 2009 (all three “big vintages” as far as yields are concerned); they have all been rated by the press very highly and been referred to as great vintages.  It sounds idealistic to get one-to-two tons per acre and think that the product is super concentrated because the vine put its entire energy into those select clusters. But in fact, these bumper years seem to have a really nice balance of acidity, ph, sugar and flavors.

If my philosophy holds true, 2012 will be a record breaker as far as tonnage and we very much look forward to tasting the wines we are currently fermenting – as they smell, taste, and look outstanding!

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