2016 Harvest Report: Raphael & Anthony Nappa Wines (New York) October 7, 2016

Anthony Nappa, who servies as winemaker at Raphael and for his eponymous label, Anthony Nappa Wines, reports that:

“We are done picking white and rose wines as of this week. Over 100 tons in. We will bring in a bit more whites still that we are purchasing, including some Finger Lakes riesling which is a few weeks off.

The quality of the whites are very good, particularly flavors. Overall, this is a low brix year, so if you hang the fruit too long you may be in the unique position of having to adjust the sugar and the acid.

All the reds are still hanging. The flavors are progressing and the acids are dropping which is exactly where we would expect to be. Brix are lower than normal, but this only equates to moderate alcohol levels which I am fine with.

It has been a interesting season with some different challenges than were are used to, but that is half the fun.

Thank god Hurricane Matthew didn’t make its way up the coast. That would be a complete disaster. There would be no red wine this year if that happened at this stage.


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