The 2020 Fall Vintage
The 2020 Vintage
By Mark Fowler, Andis Wines Winemaker
Considering all the challenges this year, from the COVID-19 virus, to major heat waves, and finally to the intense California fires, we are now seeing 2020 turning out to be a phenomenal harvest for Andis Wines.
After doing some early tastings, there was excitement throughout the winery. Given how trying 2020 has been, we ended up with no issues and with wines of extreme quality.
Considering the hot weather, this year’s harvest was a sprint with 90% of our lots processed in 40 days. This compares to our normal harvest lasting 60 days or more. In addition to the heat waves, we had weeks of choking smoke from a horrible fire season. Watching each lot closely, we were relieved to find no effect on the grapes in our area of the Sierra Foothills.
Our early tastings showed wines of good character, bright natural acidity, focused aromas and fruit, and great structure. Given the challenges of 2020, we are grateful that we have been rewarded with a classic and phenomenal vintage, and that we can look forward to some truly awesome wines.