In our previous blog posting, we showed you some pictures and video from this morning's Pinot Noir harvest at the White Springs vineyard in Geneva, NY. Here are a few more images...
This year's fruit is beautifully clean and ripe. Since the grapes were hand-harvested, the grapes remained intact and we didn't lose any juice. There are four rows of Pinot Noir grapes in our Geneva vineyard - each row is over a half-mile long - and there were a lot of these bins with the fruit ready to be pressed.
After the grapes are crushed, the juice and skins are placed in large metal bins for three weeks. This contact between juice and skins allows us to extract all the flavors and aromas you have come to expect from Ravines Pinot Noir. Here, assistant winemaker Darrin Scott punches down the skins that have floated to the top of the juice. These grapes are from the 16 Falls vineyard in Lodi, NY.
Winemaker Morten Hallgren is thrilled with the quality of the 2014 Pinot Noir grapes. “Low yields in the vineyard insure perfect ripeness every year. It’s always a struggle to keep the fruit clean because of the disease pressure in the Finger Lakes, but if you work hard in the vineyard, you are rewarded with beautiful fruit.”
Stay tuned for more Harvest 2014 updates!