Well we've had some 100+ degree temperatures this month with more on the way. The vines really took off and even after being trellised the growth extended back down to the ground on some vines. The crew was out trimming some of the excess this past Monday. We also finished filtering the last of the 2013 and the color is back to normal and the taste is delicious.
Probably start bottling in late July.
Came at least a week early this year, we'll see how this effects harvest time in September. Getting Greener every day.
Gopher occurrences minimal this year so far.
Well the new bottling machine has indeed tripled our speed. Had a few problems getting it working out at first.
The drought shouldn't have too much of an influence because our roots are so deep in the sand. We have watered a few times to be safe. Biggest concern is an early bud break. It's usually after mid-March but other trees are blossoming right now. Don't want a frost after the bud
Well we've decided that hand labeling for 20 days is not the way to go this year, so we've acquired a mechanical labeler which should triple our labeling production. Goes in operation next week.
Actually, it's 4/7 done, 6 bins to go. For some reason these fermented slower than the other 8. Also finally got a purchase order from the local Trader Joe's, 8 months after we started pursuing this it's finally happening.
Definitely have to get more thinning done next year. 24,000 lbs in two days. Lots more rot this year and not just near the neighbor's gardens where there's some water spray. Either we need to spray for mildew at a more critical time or we need to get the thinning done earlier and open up the canopy to the sun.
We've also bottled 500 cases of 2012 with another 75 to come.
We took a whole vineyard sample yesterday and got 24.6-25 brix so we'll be picking this Saturday and Sunday.
We've been bottling the 2012 and the color has darkened and it's tasting very goo
Been too long since last update. Vines have been rewired on the trellises so it no longer looks like a series of green tunnels.
I think I'll try to post a picture here next entry, if possible. Some of the canes are over 5 feet long and lots of grape clusters.
Oh Yeah, two more medals: Bronze from both Alameda and Orange County Fairs. We probably would have earned something from the Central Coast competition if I hadn't forgotten to ship it.
Gopher count was way down this year, only 12 since January. Spent last two weeks filtering the 1500 gallons of 2012, has
Silver this time, from the Contra Costa Wine Competition, still 3 more to hear from, Alameda next week.