What's Happening in the Vineyard
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE VINEYARD
September 12, 2011 – If you have been following our “What’s Happening in the Vineyard” you’ll recall the “Great, it’s Hot but the Humidity” column.
Now, I appreciate Mother Nature as much as the next person, but to single out one lonely Winemaker just isn’t fair!!!
The nerve of her to send “IRENE” our way was plainly rude!! Then to follow up with “Lee”. Well, what can one say? We’re all in the same boat (pardon the pun) but enough rain already!!!
To many of our neighbors, Irene left in her wake power outages, flooded basements and roadways, excessively high winds causing damage to trees and homes. Fortunately, the winery did not sustain any damage however, a number of Norton grape rows were knocked down and many of the fruiting leaves throughout the vineyard were blown off. Sugar content in our grapes at this time period would be 12-16 percent and with sufficient sunlight and warm weather, would reach the desired 21-23 percent by month’s end. The excess rain dilutes the sugar content in the grape berry itself and if the weather turns and becomes extremely warm, the vines could absorb moisture at a greater rate than the skin of the berry can expand causing them to split. We’re monitoring the sugar development daily as well as the acidity and pH to determine when Harvest will begin.
Meanwhile, I invite you to taste the newly released 2010 Chardonnay Reserve and Merlot. Word has it that they’re great and many are enjoying these wines.