Well, it is that time again, the time that it all comes to fruition. The time when the culmination of all the work is realized and the production of fruit to make the wine is achieved!
Fruit is fundamental, it is the keystone of good wine. It does not always follow that good fruit will make good wine but certainly without it, making good wine is not possible!
Faith is the farmers strength to continue on. Until the crop is done, it is by experience and faith the farmer prevails. Through the years, experience plays a large part, and makes for the improvement of the vineyard over time. Just in my lifetime I have seen tremendous improvements in viticulture practices!
The fruit this year is very uniform and consistent. I think it will be a very good vintage, one that will be remembered in years to come! Mark V Marino