Zack Klug, winemaker for upstart winery Liten Buffel up on the Niagara Escarpment sends this report:
“2016 was hot and dry in Niagara, but yields weren’t too much lower than usual. We’re usually pretty dry up here anyways. It’ll be one of those years where people choose to pick early for a style or let things hang. It should be a banging year for big Chards, Syrah, and Bordeaux varieties.
Aromatic whites this year came in with slightly lower brix for us at around 20~21 for both, but acid maturity was spot on. Riesling and Pinot Gris fell in line with 3.2 and 3.45 pH respectively. Pinot Noir came in much like last year, but a week or two later. Perfetto Vineyard came in at 3.3 pH, and Quast at 3.46. Both vineyards were between 22 and 23 brix.
For our Finger Lakes allotment, Shaw Riesling came in absolutely perfect at 22 brix and 3 pH, and Miles Cabernet Franc came in at 21.5 brix and 3.4 pH.”