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Any impact from early rains?

#1 Post by John M Richards » September 17th, 2019, 11:18 am

Sonoma and Napa are getting light early rain, and I wonder what fruit is still on the vines.

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#2 Post by Chris Seiber » September 17th, 2019, 11:24 am

I read a winemaker in one of the long threads say that in Burgundy (probably other traditional regions in Europe too), some modest rains in the last month before harvest are common, and it's not necessarily a problem.

I expect that if they wait for the sun to come back out for a couple of days before picking, it will be fine. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, though.

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#3 Post by Alan Rath » September 17th, 2019, 12:29 pm

I think it's only a problem if you have unfavorable conditions, like cold and overcast so it doesn't dry out, or warm and humid which can favor mold and rot of various kinds. Today is dry, clear, slightly breezy, good conditions after a rain. I have vines in my back yard, got 1/4 inch of pretty heavy rain yesterday, everything is clean and dry now.
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#4 Post by c fu » September 17th, 2019, 12:36 pm

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I think it's only a problem if you have unfavorable conditions, like cold and overcast so it doesn't dry out, or warm and humid which can favor mold and rot of various kinds. Today is dry, clear, slightly breezy, good conditions after a rain. I have vines in my back yard, got 1/4 inch of pretty heavy rain yesterday, everything is clean and dry now.
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#5 Post by Alan Rath » September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm

Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
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#6 Post by Gabe Berk » September 17th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Rained hard out here in Napa/Sonoma area, but with the wind and heat all is good. Shouldn't be an issue at all in majority of vineyards.

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#7 Post by c fu » September 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
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Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
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#8 Post by Alan Rath » September 17th, 2019, 2:04 pm

c fu wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
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#9 Post by Adam Frisch » September 17th, 2019, 2:16 pm

Got completely soaked yesterday during pick in El Dorado County. Started sprinkling during pick, but got torrential when I was loading grapes onto truck. Think I managed to cover the bins just in time with tarps and other bins, but high stakes nevertheless.
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#10 Post by John M Richards » September 21st, 2019, 6:18 pm

Now we are about to get a heat spike. What does the year look like to our producers?

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#11 Post by Randy Bowman » September 21st, 2019, 8:02 pm

Barring a hurricane or multiple tornadoes, I'm pretty confident the weather flip flops we are having will not reduce the quantity nor quality of the wine this vintage. Might hit 100 degrees on Tuesday in case anybody is having trouble getting their brix high enough and cool it down for three days if they need to be left on the vine a little longer. For the last three days I've seen truck after truck hauling bins of red grapes both north and south on Silverado Trail, so many are picking.
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#12 Post by Kevin Harvey » September 21st, 2019, 8:26 pm

We have seen no ill effects from the rain, it's just important to let the grapes re-balance afterwards. With some heat on Tues and dry, warm conditions we will pick a lot of grapes over the next two days.
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#13 Post by Wes Barton » September 22nd, 2019, 12:08 pm

Helped sort Mindego Ridge PN (just north of Alpine Vyd., same soil type) Wednesday for a friend's winery. No rain effect. Fruit looked great. We'll have to do a comparative tasting in a few years. Rhys Alpine Vyd. and Mindego Vyds. from Mindego, Fogarty, Sandar & Hem and Kutch.
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#14 Post by Wes Barton » September 22nd, 2019, 12:09 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
What variety(ies)?
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#15 Post by Alan Rath » September 22nd, 2019, 1:24 pm

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#16 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 23rd, 2019, 7:28 am

John M Richards wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 6:18 pm
Now we are about to get a heat spike. What does the year look like to our producers?
My fruit is in. It was an easy growing season. I brought mine in after the rain and when the vines had time to dry out. With a canopy like mine, the rain never truly hits the fruit, unless it is windy. No rain in the next few days in the forecast, but they are calling for high temps and plenty of wind.
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