Harvest Update from Nate Weis: September 8, 2016
Over Labor Day weekend we started harvesting Merlot at our Soda Canyon Ranch. The Berrouets were here, and the timing really was ideal. We had some excellent discussions about philosophical as well as practical winemaking concerns, and made some decisions regarding the 2015 Merlot blend. It was once again a very productive, if somewhat exhausting, few days.
Twomey has been plugging along. The list of vineyards completely picked includes Calistoga, Oakville, Twomey West, Ferrington, Soberanes, and Last Stop. Erin Miller and Daniel Baron traveled to Santa Maria and Gonzales today to line up the last few picks of Bien Nacido Vineyard and Garys' Vineyard. Erin has been racking up the miles, having also traveled to Oregon last week, although nothing there is set in stone to be picked at the moment. Merino Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc began over the weekend and continued into the early part of this week and Westpin Pinot Noir is close to being picked out. Monument Tree harvest also began last week and is lined up for this week. We can now say Twomey has passed the halfway point and made the turn for home.
There is also some Cabernet Sauvignon from Soda Canyon Ranch that made its way to the cellar earlier this week, and we have our eye on the Navone Vineyard in St. Helena for potential harvesting this week as well. The Alexander Valley Winery crew actually recognized Labor Day, probably a first for quite some time, but they will open their doors this week with some Cabernet Sauvignon from our Miraval Vineyard. There is quite a bit of Alexander Valley Cabernet that's not far behind, so I hope they got plenty of rest. Once they get going, they should stay quite busy.
There has been some very positive news in the quantity department, as we have picked out above estimates with a few exceptions. I am very hopeful that this continues, as we had thought we had another short vintage on our hands. We'll need to get into the harvest a bit further to say for sure.
The weather has continued to cooperate. It's been very mild to the point that 85 degrees has felt quite warm when you're in the vineyards. This week we did experience a small heat wave reaching into the mid 90’s for two days. It seemed well-timed to really kick start the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley harvests and get us back into doing what we love to do.
More updates to come!