Harvest 2011

It’s finally over, for the most part.

Why is that a big deal you ask? Well, primarily because harvest is typically over several weeks ago, that's why. The West Coast is seeing some of the latest harvest dates on record, which should produce some pretty variable bottles of wine.

Think about what happens when you have a late harvest. Basically, there are three potential outcomes.

The first is that the extra hang time the grapes have had and their late maturation (because of a cool season) will produce wines that are higher in acid and lower in alcohol than one might typically find. The tannins could very well be smoother and softer, while the wines should have exceptional complexity due to the slow maturation of the phenolics in the grapes. Those are the things we love to taste and smell.

On the other end of the spectrum will be wines that just didn't reach the finish line. They will share the high acid and low alcohol character of the vintage, but will have green, astringent tannins and low intensity green flavors!