That’s a Wrap!
Ah, the beginning of the end…or the end of the beginning. We have just put Harvest 2016 in the books. This harvest was typically atypical, but generally went fairly smoothly- all 210 tons of it. Here is a short recap of the 2016 harvest…
Harvesting under the lights
A very fruitful night
This year started off as expected with Viognier and Syrah coming in first as is typical. However, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc decided to leapfrog the Sangiovese and Tempranillo to keep us on our toes while Mourvedre came in last end on an expected note. The fruit load was good- not too much to delay ripening and not too little to send the sugars skyrocketing before the flavors have developed. Color extraction and acidity have been right on target, as have the tannins. Every harvest seems to have something that marks it differently from other years and this year was that the sugars and flavors were increasing, but the acids weren’t dropping. About three weeks ago, they finally started dropping. All in all, a very good harvest with the biggest worry being the labor shortage for picking (methinks that will be an upcoming post…) So we will be pressing on-literally-well into October.
Wine tasting before it becomes wine
Getting ready to be crushed
And a pretty picture of a cluster of Tempranillo