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This week: Appassimento
What is appassimento? What are some of the potential benefits and drawbacks of the process?
With the time that it takes to dry the grapes out, a couple of drawbacks set in for the winemakers in the form of time elapsed and yield. While most other wines will have already finished fermenting and begun their elevage, grapes destined for an appassimiento-style wine will often still be in the process of drying out. Additionally, with the grapes losing 30-50% of their weight, the yields per hectare decrease dramatically, so there's ultimately less wine to be marketed and sold.