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10.21.2011

Vinography Images: Noble Rot

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Noble Rot
MONTEREY COUNTY, CA - 2006: A closeup of a bunch of Chardonnay grapes affected by botrytis is viewed in this 2006 Salinas Valley photo. Botrytis, also known as "the Noble Rot," produces exquisite dessert wines including the famous Sauternes wines of Bordeaux. To those not shooting for unctuous sweet wines, however, Botrytis can be a problem, especially in wet years such as 2011. Indeed, California vintners are battling it even now, as harvest continues.

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