All the fruit is set. It’s now time to let the sunlight and airflow in. More thinning is done on the east side where the morning sun is cooler and won’t burn the grapes.
Yesterday we bottled 14 bottles of our very own estate grown Chardonnay planted in 2017. Harvested in 2019 it was just a partial crop. We had lost some of it to powdery mildew.
After harvest, crush, initial So2, fermentation, adding oak chips, MLF and several rackings and some unattended time in the cellar while we spent our winter in Arizona .. we somehow managed to eek out some pretty decent Chardonnay. At least we think so.
We went down for a pre-bottling taste of our Brehm Pinot Noir and our Estate Chardonnay…
Both are ready for bottling as soon as we test for So2.
It’s June 8th. Our efforts to prevent any fungus from developing is paying off so far.
Chardonnay report: Very good vigor 4 – 10 clusters per vine average. Clusters measure approximately 1-2” in length.
Pinot Noir Report: Medium – Good Vigor (much better than last year) 4 – 6 clusters per vine averaging in size at approximately 1 – 1 1/2” in length.
Take a walk through the vineyard with us.