From David Page, co-owner of Shinn Estate Vineyards:
"The best and most important thing that we can say about the harvest is
that the sun is still shining, giving us the heat we need to ripen our
fruit. We will take as much of this weather as we can get.
So far we have harvested chardonnay for sparkling and Anthony, Barbara
and myself are all quite pleased with what we have in the tank. Good
acidity. Clean fruit.
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon should come in within a few days. The
flavors that we are tasting from the fruit on the vine are ripe and
showing bright citrus notes and some tropical undertones with just
enough basil and thyme to keep it interesting. But of course we need to
get it in the tank before we can make wine.
I have never been one to compare vintages so suffice it to say that
2007 will be exactly like 2007. Each year as our fruit gets close to
full ripeness we are astonished by the uniqueness of vintages here on
Long Island. 2007 will be no different.
Our reds will be hanging for 3 – 5 weeks. A lifetime for a winemaker.
It is the most difficult time of the year. All we can do is wait and
stay hopeful that conditions will remain promising."