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Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: September 30th

POSTED 9/30/2014 4:40:51 PM COMMENTS

End of harvest

Last week began with moderate temperatures and dry weather, but by Wednesday, September 24th the southern edge of a storm passed through and we received rain.  Alexander Valley received more rainfall than Napa, but in general, amounts were about a quarter of an inch.  Then on Friday there was a surprise thunder storm with widely varying rainfall amounts and intense hail in the southwest part of Napa.  Rainfall varied from next to nothing to close to an inch.  This wet weather slowed down ripening, but the soil and canopies dried out and we were able to finish harvest.

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Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: September 22nd

POSTED 9/22/2014 9:56:26 PM COMMENTS

Harvest rain

Last week began with warm temperatures and clear weather, so it was hard to believe rain was in the forecast for Thursday the 18th of September.  Sure enough by Wednesday evening it clouded up and began raining in Alexander Valley.  By morning, Alexander Valley received over a quarter inch, while Mt. Veeder in Napa got less than a tenth.  The rain stalled us for a day, but by Friday, the weather was clear and the grapes tasted quite good.  A light rain will wash the dust off the leaves and actually give a little boost in sugar.  There is a slight chance of more rain late this week; which may be too much of a good thing.

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Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: September 16th

POSTED 9/16/2014 10:13:22 PM COMMENTS

Cabernet Harvest from Soda Canyon

Last week started out with a thick marine layer every morning and afternoon temperatures in the comfortable mid-eighties.  By Wednesday, September 10th though, the fog had disappeared and the days warmed early and afternoon highs were near the century mark and beyond by Friday.  At first the fruit rehydrated and we saw berry weights rise and brix readings (sugar levels) drop, but by the end of the week we were seeing great concentration and skins softening.  With our berry sensory method we have been able to pinpoint ripeness block by block and ranch by ranch and the wines reflect this refined sense of ripeness.  It looks like the fog will return this week and there is even a slight chance of rain by mid-week, so keep your fingers crossed.

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Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: September 9th

POSTED 9/9/2014 4:27:11 PM COMMENTS

Daniel Baron

Last week started out seasonably warm and then the fog started asserting more influence by Wednesday, September 3rd, so that Thursday and Friday were quite cool until early afternoon.  This was a really nice pattern for gradual ripening and we saw some real changes as flavors developed and skins softened.  It is interesting that we are seeing some vineyards achieve physiological ripeness at low sugars and others needing to wait.  It is the strength of Berry Sensory Analysis that we don’t generalize, but take each vineyard block as a unique individual.  This week promises to be a little warmer, but not extreme.

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Harvest Time! Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron

POSTED 9/5/2014 11:26:26 PM COMMENTS

Sorting table

Believe it or not, Cabernet Sauvignon harvest has begun!  Due to very little winter rain, lack of fog and an early bud break the 2014 growing season got an early start.  With the first load of fruit arriving to the winery in the final days of August it is safe to say this is the earliest harvest we have

We began crushing at our Oakville Winery with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Soda Canyon Vineyard on the southeastern hillside of the Napa Valley on Thursday, August 28th.  We are very excited about this fruit because it is very mature at a low degree Brix, which means it should make a luscious, full bodied wine at about 13% alcohol.  Time will tell.  Last week we brought more Cabernet Sauvignon in from Soda Canyon as well as some fruit from the St. Helena area.  It was a busy day on September 1st. You know what they say in wine production:  “They don’t call it Labor Day for nothing.”

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