From David Page, co-owner of Shinn Estate Vineyards:
"The best and most important thing that we can say about the harvest is that the sun is still shining, giving us the heat we need to ripen our fruit. We will take as much of this weather as we can get.
So far we have harvested chardonnay for sparkling and Anthony, Barbara and myself are all quite pleased with what we have in the tank. Good acidity. Clean fruit.
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon should come in within a few days. The flavors that we are tasting from the fruit on the vine are ripe and showing bright citrus notes and some tropical undertones with just enough basil and thyme to keep it interesting. But of course we need to get it in the tank before we can make wine.
I have never been one to compare vintages so suffice it to say that 2007 will be exactly like 2007. Each year as our fruit gets close to full ripeness we are astonished by the uniqueness of vintages here on Long Island. 2007 will be no different.
Our reds will be hanging for 3 - 5 weeks. A lifetime for a winemaker. It is the most difficult time of the year. All we can do is wait and stay hopeful that conditions will remain promising."