|Aug 1st. Russian River Vly Petite Sirah |
ripening a bit later than average this year.
Definitely later than during the drought years.
Photo from Paradise Ridge Winery
What does this mean for the quality of the wines this year? Too early to tell.
Yes, it takes heat to ripen grapes. Most will tell you warm, sunny days with cool nights are ideal. But too much heat can mean unbalanced wines. Maybe raisiny flavors, maybe too much alcohol, maybe sweet, uninteresting wines. But that's all just a maybe as it's too early to know--there's lots of growing season left.