It is official. The 2013 Vintage has turned out to be the best vintage ever! It can be described as a home run, a grand slam, a hole in one, a perfect 10 (or a perfect 300), or a WS/WA/WE 100 depending who does the rating. In France they would say it is the “Vintage of the Century” (usually every couple of years), in California they would say this wine rocks, and in England they would state “not bad, isn’t it”!
Hallelujah is all I can say.
No matter what you call it one thing is sure, Long Island wineries are full to the brim with the best wines we have ever seen. Normally I always quip that if the wine is good it’s because of the winemaker, and if the wine is bad it’s because of the weather. This time, however, I have to give credit where credit is due.
The summer and fall this year were just spectacular. A hot summer was followed by the driest fall on record. This brought in healthy, ripe fruit with great concentration. The grapes were thick-skinned, lush, and full of flavor, with the perfect fruit, sugar, and acidity balance. A dream come true!
What further set the stage for greatness was the wet spring that had vineyard managers worrying early. They got right on to the tedious task of early leaf removal and cluster positioning. This all set the stage for us to reap the benefits of this great season and helped to further elevate the quality.
So what is left for us winemakers to do, other than to come up with new great statements to describe these great wines? Let’s not screw it up and bring this baby safe into the bottle!
The first glimpse of the spectacular 2013 can be had in early spring when the rosés and the fresh and aromatic whites will be released. The reds will take a little longer and may only be available in 2015, with the best ones coming in 2016.
The reds will have great aging potential and I predict we will enjoy the best of these wines for the next 40 years.
What can you do? Join the Long Island wine clubs and mailing lists. Come to preview barrel tastings, wine dinners, and seminars, and find out for yourself what the buzz is all about!
Photo: Flickr | saragoldsmith