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.”

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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