Well... It's October and no I'm not done harvesting.
Many truckloads and acres have been harvested, but there are still many very important vineyard blocks to be harvested.
To recap from past newsletters, we harvested the first grapes in early August, the peak was around labor day, a September heat spell caused some unneeded stress on some vines that still had grapes. (if you were in California, you can't forget those days). And then, as I thought I was on kind of a cruise control, a crazy rain came though. I know we need rain in California and I was sort of grateful (as we all should be), but history has told us a rain like that and Petite Sirah doesn't mix.
After meeting with David and Ed in a muddy field, we decided to harvest Petite Sirah ASAP and other wineries that I grow for smartly followed. At this point, I would say I am on cruise control, night time machine picking is over. (I'm back with the living!)
Picking normally in the morning and delivery to GIV and other smaller wineries that purchase the cherished old vine Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Franc. Just some Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, and Petit Verdot after that to finish the season. Take a look at this Petite Sirah cluster that was water soaked just after the first rain in a series of storms.