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12.04.2009

Vinography Images: The Green Leaf

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The Green Leaf
You can tell a lot about a grape vine from its leaves. Among other things, according to the science of ampelography, you can often tell what grape variety it is, especially if you get to see what a bunch of grapes looks like as well. Most species have a distinctly shaped leaf and cluster. The color of the leaf will also tell you things about the nutritional state of the grapevine, with dark green indicating well hydrated, well nitrated vines, and lighter green indicating less nutrients (which is actually sometimes the desired state). I, unfortunately, don't know the magic of reading grape leaves, so I'll leave it to others to identify this one. -- Alder Yarrow

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Comments (5)

Greg wrote:
12.04.09 at 9:51 PM

I didn't score very well in my ampelography test a few years back so I can't ID the variety though its not one of the classic red varieties I don't think.
I can see that it doesn't have a naked petiolar sinus.

John wrote:
12.05.09 at 9:36 AM

using my very old guide leaves and clusters look pretty close to syrah.

g wrote:
12.05.09 at 12:36 PM

The leaves could be Syrah, they're not typical but then they never are.
I've never seen bunches of Syrah with such small berries, much more typical of cabernet.

Andrea wrote:
12.06.09 at 6:06 AM

I've absolutely no idea. I am brand new to your site, stumbling across it while researching my novel set in wine country. I've been enjoying your articles this morning and I am learning a lot.
I lived near the Ahr Valley in Germany for four years but the leaf here looks nothing like the pictures I have.

12.06.09 at 6:28 AM

That's BDX stuff if I've ever seen it, Cab or Merlot.

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