Happy Birthday to my little brother today!
We are looking at a no win situation with our Montepulciano grapes. While they are ready chemically, the sugar level never raised to a level we were happy with while the total acid has decreased to the correct level. We will make a lower alcohol wine, but that is ok as I don't want any 15% wines anyway. We have had a prolonged period of cool, damp weather which is encouraging a mold called bortrytis to infect the grape clusters, so we can't wait any longer. Tomorrow is the day.