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2017 was another exciting at Betz Family Winery. Every year we try to push the envelope on taking quality to the next level and 2017 was no exception. We spent countless hours in the vineyards and ran several new experiments in the winery. Our optical sorter and concrete fermenters continued to be star players along with many other cellar protocols that were diligently implemented, even after many long harvest days, attention to detail was never spared.

2017 started late, following a cold and wet winter.

I recall Steve and I visiting growers in May, comparing the season’s heat accumulation to 1999 or 2010/11. It was a steady climb in heat into June and July. Crop loads were the lowest since 2008, skins would end up getting very thick. August and September experienced multiple heat waves, cresting 100 F on numerous occasions, though predications of higher temperatures never came to fruition, thank goodness!

The seasons warm July and August had and effect on the vines: when the temperature in the vineyard get into the 90’s, the vines shut down for part of the day. A similar thing occurs when the temperate dips to low, the vines lose some usable daylight hours. During September and October temperatures became more moderate, offering a long end to the season. The 2017’s offer a level of density we don’t often see!

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