Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: September 30th
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.
Our Geyserville Winery had a big week, especially the 22nd through 24th of September. We crushed Cabernet from partnering vineyards in the Geysers area and Red Winery Road. We also crushed Cabernet from our AV128 ranch in the Alexander Valley. We also pressed quite a few tanks. The wines are extraordinary, especially the rich wines from our Red Tail Ranch.
At our Oakville Winery, crushing tapered off last week. We brought in a small lot of Cabernet from partnering vineyards on Diamond Mountain and Dry Creek Road. We also did a lot of pressing, in fact Winemaker Nate Weis dug his first tank. The last bin of fruit came in yesterday, September 29th, from a partnering vineyard in south Napa.
The weather threw us a small curve ball, but we will keep our eye on the ball and wrap up a great harvest and crush.