A few years from now when everyone is sitting back with a glass of wine and relaxing as our automaton-future-servants do all of our work for us (because that’s what the future’s going to look like, right?) how will we remember the 2015 vintage? Will the winemakers sing its praise as the new standard of great vintages, or will they be lamenting the woes of the poor farmer, ever subject to a pernicious and unforgiving mother nature?
The issue is quantity. The 2015 spring was an incredibly cold one with frost events in many parts of Sonoma. The cold weather combined with a late rain meant a very high incidence of what’s called “shatter”: where developing berries fail to fertilize during flowering and eventually shrivel and drop from the cluster. Some vineyards in the western part of the county are expecting yields of 50% less than 2014.