Jamey Whetstone on how to tell when a grape is ready to pick.Jamey Whetstone on how to tell when a grape is ready to pick.
Man, vinalic ripeness is what you get when you walk into the vineyard. As you're looking at the vineyard a sa whole, you're looking at the leaves. Are they starting to give up the ghost and give up their green color? Are they starting to head into fall like we all like to do? In terms of the flavor, do you have that nice balance between sugar and acid? Do you have something that's, you know, delicious to your taste? Is is still tannic and bitter? There are a lot of things that go into phenolic ripeness. But ultimately it's just that balance that really makes great wine great.