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Noble Rot

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Is not a very attractive phrase but, as with most things, it sounds much better in Italian, muffa nobile. Either way, it is a fungus that can infect the grapes during damp conditions. If the weather then turns drier the fungus takes water from the grape thus raising the solids and sugar content and the result is a sweet dessert wine. If the damp conditions continue the grapes are lost and so no wine. 

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