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Harvesting Decision Making
Jack Kerr — Santa Fe, New Mexico asks,
I’ve been a subscriber for many years and have had a vineyard for over 20 years. Historically, I have harvested my Leon Millot on Labor Day weekend with Brix between 25 and 26 and pH of 3.4 to 3.5. This year my sugar is above 24 but my pH is barely above 3 (3.06). My seeds are brown and do not taste harsh. My question is, would you go ahead and harvest now or would you hold out for a better pH and run the risk of Brix in the 27 to 29 range? Do you have any history of such of a dilemma? Thanks for any insight that might be sent my way.