Wine smells like raisins

Asked November 16, 2015, 8:57 PM EST

I am taking a wine class and I need to answer the following question; my red wine smells like raisins and prunes. What can I do in the vineyard next year to prevent this? I cannot find an answer but I suspect it might have to do with sunburned grapes. If anyone can help, that would be great.

Norfolk County Massachusetts viticulture

1 Response

Those kinds of aromas generally come from the fact that the grapes hung on the vine too long, and the fruit flavor compounds started to change as the grapes started to shut down. Picking earlier will often help to avoid this problem.