Brian K Miller wrote:How can there still be cold climate character at 15.9% alcohol? Doesn't that mean picking at 28 brix or something?
TomHill wrote:Brian K Miller wrote:How can there still be cold climate character at 15.9% alcohol? Doesn't that mean picking at 28 brix or something?
That cracked black pepper character is something I usually associate w/ cold-climate Syrah. It was definitely there.
They probably had to harvest in Nov to get the acid down (Jaffurs does not acidify) to palatable levels. Which means
pretty high sugar.
You could harvest Syrah out of Lodi in late Aug to get modest alcohol, but you wouldn't get the peppery character from there.
Brian K Miller wrote:
It's interesting that Copain's Mendocino blended wine (Tous Ensembles) claims around 12%. Now that was a cold year, but there was definitely a cool climate, Northern Rhonish character to the wine. Less "black pepper" though and more "plum skin".
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