Grapes Shot 30th Nov. 2017

Where earth's bare bones are breaking through,

down blackened rides of clustered vine,

critical eyes seek signal signs, to find

fault in fermenting's Premier Cru,

search in tone for its fingerprint

held to ransom against the light,

to swirl and sniff and sip and spit,

put palate to test and words to say

whether smoke has tainted the Chardonnay

in Mendocino or Sonoma making, for this terroir,

Two Thousand Seventeen a less than Vintage year.