Bryan Ulbrich, co-owner and winemaker for Left Foot Charley Urban Winery in Traverse City, Michigan sent me a quick harvest update this morning:
“We are harvesting white varieties like Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Fortunately we had a good ripening season as October rains have dampened the sunshine a bit as of late. TAs are balanced with moderate to high sugars. We are expecting it to be a good vintage for dry white wine production.
The earliest rieslings look promising too. Plenty of sugar with acids dropping but not at a pace that would leave anything without a backbone.
Overall our vineyard managers did their due diligence throughout the season so sour rot has not taken over. Where it has been evident, we have been able to harvest around it or drop it in advance with little impact on the juice. Botrytis could get interesting if things dry out.”