Growing & Winemaking

 

When the Smoke Cleared

July 2009
 
by Thomas Ulrich
 
Smoky Hill
 
Smoke from the Mendocino Lightning Complex wildfire climbs the hillside near Londer Vineyards. Wildfires burned across California in June 2008.
PHOTO:Larry Londer
 
Are these the best or worst of times for Mendocino County winemaker Larry Londer? Recently, his 2007 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Pinot Noir and Corby Chardonnay earned top marks from editors at Wine Spectator. At the same time, he described 2008 as his most challenging vintage ever.
 

 
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