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by Casey Hartlip
July 15th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Here's the sheet I use for crop estimates.
by Casey Hartlip
July 15th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Time to look at crop levels and thinning programs. Also looking at what I hope is the final mildew prevention spray. Still have some unsold fruit that might get custom crushed, we'll see. Casey, thanks for your posts . Are these “normal” situations this time of year . Any anomalies for 2019? Well, ...
by Casey Hartlip
July 14th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Back to the grind tomorrow for what appears to be the final push to harvest. Time to look at crop levels and thinning programs. Also looking at what I hope is the final mildew prevention spray.

Still have some unsold fruit that might get custom crushed, we'll see.
by Casey Hartlip
July 11th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

In our area (the emerald triangle) weed has been grown since the late 60's. Without getting into the underground economy that was created, it's trying to become mainstream now. Lots of the folks who have been in the shadows for so long are NOT adjusting well to gov't intervention and taxation to the...
by Casey Hartlip
July 9th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Andrew Demaree wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
With regard to rain, how far above a normal year are you, year-to-date, in your respective areas?
Normal in our area is about 32" and this year we're about 45.
by Casey Hartlip
July 8th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Back from a 9 day road trip to Wyoming. My blood pressure was high as I dug into several big canopy Chard vines in our historic mildew hot spots..... NOTHING! Couldn't find a single berry. Can't drop the ball now! Most all varieties are at cluster close with rock hard bunches. Crop is a mixed bag, b...
by Casey Hartlip
July 7th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Back home after a 9 day road trip to Wyoming. Anxious to poke my head in some vines and inspect for mildew. I texted my main guy yesterday while zooming through Nevada to go out and check our usual hot spots. He claims that we're clean but I'll be the final judge tomorrow.
by Casey Hartlip
July 5th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Help with home vineyard issues
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Help with home vineyard issues

First pic looks like powdery mildew that has died. Mites or leaf hoppers with the feeding and yellowing. The Phomopsus is a pretty good guess on the last pic. Gonna be tough in that climate. Probably need a more aggressive fungus program with systemic materials. Generally need to start at a couple o...
by Casey Hartlip
July 1st, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Charlie Barra
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: RIP Charlie Barra

I'll share some stories in the near future but can't right now. Charlie was a bad ass and in my book that's the ultimate compliment.
by Casey Hartlip
July 1st, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Charlie Barra
Replies: 4
Views: 706

RIP Charlie Barra

I have no link to a story yet.
The godfather of Mendocino grape growing and winemaking has passed.
by Casey Hartlip
June 30th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Replants
Replies: 19
Views: 1560

Re: Replants

We plant new fields diligently for the first 3 years and don't bother after that. The irrigation intervals don't really match up after that. Once the field is up and going we're not watering often enough for young plants. Hand watering is about the only other option.
by Casey Hartlip
June 29th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Stewart Johnson wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 6:26 pm
I'd say my set was pretty crappy, and the crop is going to be lighter than average.
On the other hand, I have a real bumper crop of Morning Glory. That stuff really seemed to enjoy the Spring rains.
Ouch!
by Casey Hartlip
June 26th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Kinda think we won't be watering these vines anytime soon! Seriously I walked a few fields with one of my clients today. The crop is looking better overall, but I'm finding a bit of random shatter in Pinot and Chard. Not gonna be a short crop at all.
by Casey Hartlip
June 25th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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One more
by Casey Hartlip
June 25th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 5:37 pm
How's the new pup doing, Casey?
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10 pounds of crazy cute. Learning quickly and so much fun. I don't take her to work everyday so that she bonds with both Lynne and I. Typical terrier attitude and smarts.
by Casey Hartlip
June 25th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

IMG_20190625_134312160_HDR.jpg After a bumpy start and not wanting to glue pipe at temps under 50 degrees, we made some headway. Air vent and drip mainline installed and about half the sprinkler laterals trenched. Also got all the sprinkler pipes laid out in the rows. Tomorrow we should be able to ...
by Casey Hartlip
June 25th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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New project to spice up my summer. Replant job irrigation system. Both drip and frost. Thank goodness for my experienced crew.
by Casey Hartlip
June 22nd, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vineyards/wineries being sold
Replies: 14
Views: 1941

Re: Vineyards/wineries being sold

Ferrari Carano sold their Lazy Creek venture to the Silver Oak folks. We have a new neighbor to our west.
by Casey Hartlip
June 21st, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Good example of shatter. Luckily just a bit in the Gruner.
by Casey Hartlip
June 21st, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Good example of hen & chicks
by Casey Hartlip
June 19th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Having a hard time finding things to bitch about (I know hard to believe). Both crews are hustling to get the second set of wires lifted and a final suckering. That rolls off the lips but takes hundreds of man/women hours. We will need to do some hedging and canopy work with all of this extra growth...
by Casey Hartlip
June 17th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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777 Pinot moving along as well. No real signs of shatter yet. Maybe a few fields have slightly lower cluster counts, but for the most part things look great.
by Casey Hartlip
June 17th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Even after 40 years of doing this I'm still shocked how fast things go from bloom to berry sizing.
by Casey Hartlip
June 15th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 1993

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Sampling=sugar sampling. Testing fields.
by Casey Hartlip
June 14th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)

This GW sounds very similar to the one Elke made that same year 2013, except that it seems to have a bit more botrytis than you described. Really good stuff! Same wine. We sold those to Elke as shiners. I only have 4 cases of 12 packs left. More than I can drink. Send some to Merrill. Now that's ju...
by Casey Hartlip
June 14th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: TN: Two Calif Dessert Wines...(short/boring)

Dan Sch wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 1:58 pm
This GW sounds very similar to the one Elke made that same year 2013, except that it seems to have a bit more botrytis than you described. Really good stuff!
Same wine. We sold those to Elke as shiners.

I only have 4 cases of 12 packs left. More than I can drink.
by Casey Hartlip
June 12th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2410

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Anton D wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 11:01 pm
If it’s just to have a drink, a gin and tonic.

Next up would be pinot noir.
This!
by Casey Hartlip
June 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Clone 17 Chard certainly past BB sized berries.

I cruised around many fields the last couple of days and we're coming out of full bloom quickly. Not many berries falling off yet. Getting ready for a post bloom spray.
by Casey Hartlip
June 10th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town
Replies: 11
Views: 1135

Re: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town

He has an amazing amount of energy for anyone of any age! Pretty darn high alcohol tolerance as well. Whenever he stops by its always a thousand questions! Truly a legend.
by Casey Hartlip
June 8th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2690

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

Grape growing is not a business that people should get in. We grow grapes and sell them to wineries. We don't sell any fruit by the field or acre, what's there is there. That's why I sell to big wineries and small, it gives me a bit more flexibility. Last year's crop was exceptional. The perfect com...
by Casey Hartlip
June 5th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Young Chard getting it done! Other Pinot blocks still just getting going.
by Casey Hartlip
June 5th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Thanks for posting that pic Carole! We talk so much about bloom it's great for folks to get an idea of what's happening. Please don't be a stranger. Would love to get updates from your spot on Mt. Veeder. With a couple cool days coming we're going to sulfur dust our high mildew pressure Chard blocks...
by Casey Hartlip
June 4th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Someone smarter than me will have to answer. It's called primordial bud development. I'm told that scientists can dissect buds from vines before budbreak and do cluster counts. As for the 2011-2012 thing....sometimes theories are proven wrong. Hey when t he weather is a crazy as it was a few weeks a...
by Casey Hartlip
June 1st, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2012

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

I've been told ......so it's just a guess that many of those highly sought after and highly rated Napa Cabs are picked at very ripe levels (like 28-30 brix) and acid bumped and watered back. I think that's how they get that super rich/sexy character. I'd bet they sort out any shriveled berries to st...
by Casey Hartlip
June 1st, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2012

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

With as many tons we have to pick per day we bust our ass to keep MOG at a minimum. We usually have about 20 pickers, 2 bucket dumpers, and 2 leafers. When dumpers aren't dumping they try to help with leaves. When we picked per ton rather than per bucket the pace was slower and easier to monitor lea...
by Casey Hartlip
June 1st, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2012

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

I win the lottery and have a bunch of money to make my own wine. Im standing in Napa and there are two massive bins full of grapes in front of me, one is filled with wonderful Screaming Eagle quality fruit, one s filled with $20 a bottle cab grapes. How would I with zero experience be able to tell ...
by Casey Hartlip
May 31st, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Today I saw my first negative impact of the wet spring: some shoot botrytis in some Pinot. I saw a touch in there a while back and luckily it's starting to grow out of it. Happy to say there's no damage to any of the clusters. My guess is in another 10 days only a very experienced eye will be able t...
by Casey Hartlip
May 31st, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Valley Foothills GW: Toulouse 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Another Valley Foothills GW: Toulouse 2014

Dan Sch wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 10:30 am
Casey Hartlip wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 9:53 am
Thanks Dan. Starting in '18 the PG is from our place too.
Did they replant theirs to PN? Hadn’t heard of this development but I had less time to talk last summer than usual...
They decided to make a change of vineyard source, that's all I know.
by Casey Hartlip
May 31st, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Valley Foothills GW: Toulouse 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Another Valley Foothills GW: Toulouse 2014

Thanks Dan. Starting in '18 the PG is from our place too.
by Casey Hartlip
May 30th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Big time thunder and lightning in Lake county this afternoon. There were warnings on the local radio of possible flash flooding in SE Lake county. I did hear areas of Lake county had over an inch in a very short time period. I'm guessing they are likely deep into bloom, but that's just a guess. Wish...
by Casey Hartlip
May 30th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Much better light this morning. Gruner clusters starting to bloom.
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by Casey Hartlip
May 29th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

IMG_20190529_135342503_HDR.jpg IMG_20190529_135402446_HDR.jpg After working with the staking crew for a while I thought it was time to look at the Gruner. Probably 20% bloom and growing like crazy. Did some suckering, shoot selecting and tying for a couple of hours. This field is looking good. Sorr...
by Casey Hartlip
May 28th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I got a little side tracked today shuffling crews with different tasks. I worked with the staking crew for a while. I rolled back the clock when I could drive 500 stakes a day. But today it was 15 minutes at that pace. I could easily smell bloom in the air, but polling my crew they think we're 5-15%...
by Casey Hartlip
May 27th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

After a couple of days off I'll get reconnected with the job tomorrow. Looks like a week of nice weather so bring on the bloom with fingers crossed. No problem here suckering during bloom. It's gotta get done and have never seen issues of disrupting anything. Will keep checking to see where wires ne...
by Casey Hartlip
May 23rd, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1945

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Hope he's not a member of the NRA like me, it would hurt his sales!
by Casey Hartlip
May 21st, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

IMG_20190520_115202301_HDR.jpg I found a touch of bloom on the sunny side of a few Pinot vines yesterday. I'm not shocked, but overall it's less than 1% bloom. IMG_20190520_115230851.jpg I checked in on the ladies crew to make sure suckering was going okay. A couple of them needed a bit of instruct...
by Casey Hartlip
May 20th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Whether you're flowering or not, this weather is probably having an adverse on next year's fruitfulness. Supply could tighten up beyond this year. Can you share a little more information about this? Next year's crop is being formed inside the canes of this year's growth. The spring and early summer...
by Casey Hartlip
May 18th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Cherry growers are getting their asses handed to them. Strawberries getting wrecked. I can only guess MANY types of California agriculture are not enjoying this untimely amount of very heavy rain. I'd venture a guess that we've already received more rain in 4 days than what we average for the four m...
by Casey Hartlip
May 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

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Here's our new gal named Gypsy, from Sonoma county animal shelter. Just hit 3 inches of rain for the storm.
by Casey Hartlip
May 15th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 253
Views: 13524

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Update at 9:45 pm: over 1.60 storm total. We've also had winds well over 35 mph. Seems you in the morning. Hold on folks!

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