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July 08, 2010

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Evan,

Have you looked into how the growing differences in these past 5 vintages were reflected in the resulting bottled wines? I think that in theory most know what the results should have been, but I would be interested in reading about the practical results on the taste of the wine.

What a great excuse for tasting verticals of Finger Lakes Rieslings... blind tasting obviously.

Marco - I find the wines of the past five years to be vividly reflective of the varying growing conditions. That goes for both red and white, though it's more immediately clear in reds. And I agree with you: A wonderful excuse for verticals, tasted blind, to be the ultimate measure of vintage variation.

Hey Lenn, let's take Marco's idea and set something up along these lines...

Tom - Winemaking is a romantic, simple career, until we actually set forth and try to do it!

Evan,

"You can't take it to the bank until it is in the tank" is what I said a few years ago when presented with similar conditions. This year while everything you and Morten have said is correct, we are quite concerned that the water temperatures in the North Atlantic are quite high. Should a hurricane drift this way the cold waters are lacking to cause it to loose energy and it could be devastating, such as what happened in the 1930s. You might accuse me of doom and gloom, but when insurance companies are not renewing homeowners policies for fear of a hurricane, we should pose and ponder.

"Don't count your chickens before they hatch..." or "don't spend your paycheck until it's in your hands".

Not to long ago, I had a conversation with two ladies in a tasting room about the Long Island growing season. The idea may have come from someone else -- I have no idea how this thought came to my head -- but here is my thought:

The Long Island growing season, Finger Lakes too, is like the baseball season. It is long and grueling process. And patience is needed. It starts in April and trudges along at a pace that can be frustrating. And if you are good enough and stay healthy, you have a shot to win in November. The 2009 growing season presents that perfectly on Long Island, the fruit was hanging into November.

Right now, if you are on Long Island or in the Finger Lakes, think of yourselves as being about 10 games up on the second place team.

Just remember, the '76 Red Sox were 14.5 games up on the Yankees in July. The Sox's lost their lead and the division and the Yankees beat them and went on the the World Series. What happened to the Sox can happen to the vines. A hurricane can hit Long Island or it could rain the whole month of September...then what? All that you had in the bank is gone. It's kinda like counting your chickens before they hatch.

It's a long season and at the half way point, things look good -- but it aint over till the grapes are off the vines. Or what Charles Massoud said above.

Mother Nature has a way of balancing things out. It is however, nice to dream.

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