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

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.

Our Geyserville Winery had a moderately busy week, with a couple light days due to the rain.  We finished harvesting our Miraval and Red Tail Vineyards.  We also brought in fruit from partnering vineyards in Cloverdale and on West Soda Rock Road.  Pressing began in Geyserville, and if the weather holds, we should be very close to finishing harvest by this week.

At our Oakville Winery, we brought in Cabernet from our Jump Rock and Soda Canyon Vineyards where we are just about done.  We will finish picking the Petit Verdot today.  We also brought in Cabernet from partnering vineyards in Atlas Peak and Oak Knoll.  We should finish crushing in Oakville by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Wish us luck in the home stretch.  Another week of sunny weather and we should be able to wrap it up.

-Daniel Baron