A few days ago I was able to climb up on the sorting line and get up close an intimate with some pinot grapes. This pinot I sorted on Wednesday was from Amber Ridge Vineyard in RRV. Amber Ridge is a source for top producesr like Dain, Kosta Browne and Siduri. It's tough to taste the Kosta Browne and think it's the same vineyard that goes into Dain's American Beauty but I digress.
The grapes looked and tasted pretty great. With the heat wave there had definitely been some water evaporation and the grapes soaked up to like 27.5 brix. There were many relatively small but very intesnse berries. All of the fruit looked pretty clean. Not a great deal of sorting to be done but it was fun to get my appendages all sticky with grape juice. I sorted about two tons and only ate about 1/4 pound.