New York Vintages
Let's look at 10 vintages in New York to find out what happened in the vineyard in order to explain what you’ll find in your glass.
In general, New York is a cooler climate region so temperatures, particularly in the summer and autumn, can have a massive impact on the wine's flavors and structure.
Rainfall is also a common problem in the summer and, when combined with heat, can cause fungal disease problems in the vineyard which can impact the quality of the vintage.
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Generally speaking, the more consistent the vintage, the better the quality.
The crop consistency determines the quality of a vintage. In some years, we see average to high consistency; consistency equates to quality.
On other vintages, quality is much more variable. In these variable years, it's best to look for producers who consistently produce high-quality wines because they can roll with difficulties growing grapes.
Ideally, producers want consistent temperatures year in and out for consistent quality. Of course, this is not very likely to happen as weather changes frequently. Rain during harvest, hail, and frost are key events that can create a difficult vintage.
Seasonal events include frost, hail, drought, and even wildfires. These events affect the quality or size of a vintage.
In warmer climates getting enough rainfall during the growing season is key for healthy grapes and ripening.
In cooler or more moderate climates, getting enough but not too much rain and getting the right amount of sunshine and heat are important for producing ripe grapes.
Contrary to popular belief, low volumes do not always equal high quality. Producers can have very high-quality years where volumes are also high.
The opposite is also true, where we might have low yields, but the quality may be low - due to disease in the vineyard or poor weather conditions.
So why do we care about volume? If there's more, it can lower prices, and the prices might be higher if there is less.