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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#451 Post by Paul Gordon » September 30th, 2019, 3:54 pm

September is just about to exit. It was a couple degrees below average - our average hi was 72F and average low 53F. That compares to Cote Rotie historical September averages of 72F/54F and this year 78F/55F.

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#452 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 1st, 2019, 5:59 am

Oh boy, picking Pinot while the neighbors frost fans are running.
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#453 Post by larry schaffer » October 1st, 2019, 7:39 am

Hit about 40 this morning here in the Santa Ynez Valley, but will heat up to about 80 as the day rolls on - love the wide temperature ranges, as I still have stuff hanging (all rhone varieties). We'll be seeing temps rise as the week goes on, hitting 90 over the weekend. Me thinks a lot will be coming off over the next week or so . . .
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#454 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 1st, 2019, 10:49 am

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It's rotten Riesling day!
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#455 Post by mattcitrang » October 1st, 2019, 12:01 pm

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It's rotten Riesling day!
Maybe a dumb question but why bother picking that? Can some of it be salvaged?

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#456 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 1st, 2019, 12:17 pm

That's late harvest Riesling for desert wine. Shriveled berries are 35-40 brix.
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#457 Post by mattcitrang » October 1st, 2019, 12:20 pm

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That's late harvest Riesling for desert wine. Shriveled berries are 35-40 brix.
Ok, it’s intentional. Thanks for your patience.

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#458 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 1st, 2019, 5:49 pm

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This is what clean Riesling looks like. Today's pick was about 60% clean and 40% rot. We pick this by the hour as it's a very precise job. We also get double the price when we hit 30 brix so it's worth the effort.
Tomorrow back to Pinot for a pretty decent tonnage day. Have to stay on point now. Very few easy days ahead, but I'm daydreaming about deer hunting in South Dakota.
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#459 Post by Roy Piper » October 1st, 2019, 5:51 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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I am coming off in 5-6 days in Moulds. The next 10 days are 69-79F. Simply won’t gain any ripeness in this period so why wait? We will be 42-44F at night starting Sunday so that will shut the vines down. I am 25.5-26.5 and 4.5-5 TA, 3.65-3.75. The canopy won’t last 10 days so off I come next week. Looks like an excellent vintage.
I have never heard about vines "shutting down" in 42-44 degree lows. Temps should be in 60-70s during the day. I learn something new all the time about growing...can you point me to some information confirming this "shut down?"
The leaves go yellow and then vines go to sleep after a week. Very cold nights can do that. It's not really shutting down like they do in the heat but when the leaves are falling off, you are not ripening, you are dehydrating, even if the berries are not raisining.
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#460 Post by Roy Piper » October 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm

I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

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About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
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#461 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 1st, 2019, 7:00 pm

Roy Piper wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm
I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

26.6 brix
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About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
So you'll do a water add and acid bump beef fermentation?
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#462 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 2nd, 2019, 5:12 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 7:00 pm
Roy Piper wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm
I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

26.6 brix
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About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
So you'll do a water add and acid bump before fermentation?
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#463 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 2nd, 2019, 5:29 pm

A week ago it was 102 for a high temp, this morning we're picking Pinot at 5:00 am at 34 degrees and neighbors wind machines running all around us. My poor crews hands were horribly frozen for hours until the sun came up.

We are getting closer. Tomorrow we finish two fields that have lots picked out of them and now we clean up. To be honest today's Pinot was less than stellar. Quite a bit of botrytis even though I had two people sorting at the bin trailer. I also got feedback from the client which is never fun.

Still have Chardonnay and Gewurtz out there. Gewurtz comes off Friday for Toulouse and Philips Hill and looks great. Chardonnay is clone 548 for Navarro and is still really clean. We could possibly finish middle of the week next week. I'm ready. I'm sore, I'm tired, and I'm ready to get my sleep pattern back in order.
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#464 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 2nd, 2019, 5:42 pm

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A week ago it was 102 for a high temp, this morning we're picking Pinot at 5:00 am at 34 degrees and neighbors wind machines running all around us. My poor crews hands were horribly frozen for hours until the sun came up.

We are getting closer. Tomorrow we finish two fields that have lots picked out of them and now we clean up. To be honest today's Pinot was less than stellar. Quite a bit of botrytis even though I had two people sorting at the bin trailer. I also got feedback from the client which is never fun.

Still have Chardonnay and Gewurtz out there. Gewurtz comes off Friday for Toulouse and Philips Hill and looks great. Chardonnay is clone 548 for Navarro and is still really clean. We could possibly finish middle of the week next week. I'm ready. I'm sore, I'm tired, and I'm ready to get my sleep pattern back in order.

Oh and winemaking update: too tired and busy for pics but we pressed off our T bin of clone 91 Pinot after the chilly morning fun. Shit looks like Syrah, tastes like Pinot. Inoculated with Malo two days ago. Will settle the pressed off wine for 3-4 days then rack off the gross lees and put to barrel (thanks Toby from Philips Hill) a 2008 neutral French oak barrel.
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#465 Post by N Weis » October 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
A week ago it was 102 for a high temp, this morning we're picking Pinot at 5:00 am at 34 degrees and neighbors wind machines running all around us. My poor crews hands were horribly frozen for hours until the sun came up.

We are getting closer. Tomorrow we finish two fields that have lots picked out of them and now we clean up. To be honest today's Pinot was less than stellar. Quite a bit of botrytis even though I had two people sorting at the bin trailer. I also got feedback from the client which is never fun.

Still have Chardonnay and Gewurtz out there. Gewurtz comes off Friday for Toulouse and Philips Hill and looks great. Chardonnay is clone 548 for Navarro and is still really clean. We could possibly finish middle of the week next week. I'm ready. I'm sore, I'm tired, and I'm ready to get my sleep pattern back in order.
But are you ready for a G&T (or several) with me?
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#466 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 3rd, 2019, 6:05 am

N Weis wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
A week ago it was 102 for a high temp, this morning we're picking Pinot at 5:00 am at 34 degrees and neighbors wind machines running all around us. My poor crews hands were horribly frozen for hours until the sun came up.

We are getting closer. Tomorrow we finish two fields that have lots picked out of them and now we clean up. To be honest today's Pinot was less than stellar. Quite a bit of botrytis even though I had two people sorting at the bin trailer. I also got feedback from the client which is never fun.

Still have Chardonnay and Gewurtz out there. Gewurtz comes off Friday for Toulouse and Philips Hill and looks great. Chardonnay is clone 548 for Navarro and is still really clean. We could possibly finish middle of the week next week. I'm ready. I'm sore, I'm tired, and I'm ready to get my sleep pattern back in order.
But are you ready for a G&T (or several) with me?
Dude, I'm so there!
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#467 Post by Karen Troisi » October 4th, 2019, 9:17 am

Brought in our Rutherford Cab yesterday. This vineyard never disappoints - stunning fruit!
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#468 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 4th, 2019, 10:54 am

Nice, Karen. I never tire of seeing the fruit, either on the vine or just picked.

I am going to barrel on Sunday!
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#469 Post by Karen Troisi » October 4th, 2019, 2:45 pm

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Nice, Karen. I never tire of seeing the fruit, either on the vine or just picked.

I am going to barrel on Sunday!
Super! This is the start of the reds for us. Our syrah from Atlas Peak is coming in tomorrow.
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#470 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 4th, 2019, 7:14 pm

Going to barrel tomorrow after we pick the last Chardonnay field. I can now see the end. Today picked Gewurtz (at 35 degrees!) For two local clients, and finished another Pinot field too. A day off Monday (wineries running out of fermentation space) then our final days appear to be Thursday.
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#471 Post by Roy Piper » October 4th, 2019, 9:58 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 7:00 pm
Roy Piper wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm
I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

26.6 brix
287g Gluc/Fruc
3.8 TA
3.66 pH
72 YAN

About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
So you'll do a water add and acid bump beef fermentation?
No acid, but perhaps a 3% saignee and 3% water add.
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#472 Post by Roy Piper » October 4th, 2019, 10:00 pm

Picked Moulds today. Glad to be underway. 3-tons. Fruit was in great shape. I notice a very slight herbaceous streak in everything coming through the winery. Might add a slight Bordeaux note to Cabs this year. Also, I've not seen a single lot of Cab anywhere yet that has reached 27 brix. That is unusual. The heat this weekend might change that.
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#473 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 5th, 2019, 5:42 am

Roy Piper wrote:
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Picked Moulds today. Glad to be underway. 3-tons. Fruit was in great shape. I notice a very slight herbaceous streak in everything coming through the winery. Might add a slight Bordeaux note to Cabs this year. Also, I've not seen a single lot of Cab anywhere yet that has reached 27 brix. That is unusual. The heat this weekend might change that.
Lots of Glu/Fru measuring around 28.

Some neighboring fruit on the vine seems to me to have little Cab flavor. Have not noted any herbaceous streak, although that is what I like about my small block on St. George rootstock. Layers of flavor which often include nuances of sage.
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#474 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 5th, 2019, 8:29 am

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#475 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 6th, 2019, 7:36 am

I'm going to break tradition and do my summary before we're done picking. We have just 3 moderate sized Pinot lots that will come off Tuesday-Thursday and we'll be done.
Total is going to be around 630 tons in 68 lots, split between 17 clients. We sold more fruit for sparkling this year which made the first part of the harvest a bit more hectic than previous years.
Plenty of winter rains this year with full ponds and great moisture for the vines. No frost again (our average is 7-8 nights) which saved lots of water and sleep. Budbreak seemed about 10-14 days later than normal and bloom was tracking about the same. Historic pre-bloom rains (about 5" for us) hit our area this season. We were unable to get tractors in the field for at least 10 days which put a huge hiccup into our mildew program. The other thing that was just as concerning was having so much available moisture for the vines at this point of bloom. We were feeling on the lucky side as we were only about 5% bloom.
We held our breath and got back to business, expecting some amount of shatter (and fungal issues) from the rains. It didn't happen. The vines grew strong and well for weeks. After the rain we experienced some of the most perfect weather in years. Warm but not too hot and mild nights. We were still expecting a later than normal harvest but when fruit started to color we realized the efficient canopy and prefect conditions moved the vines ahead. They made up ground like I've never seen.
We had a young field ready for sparkling on 8/22 but that's not fair to consider the beginning of harvest as young vines are normally early. We started picking our mature sparkling fields on 8/27 which is just about our normal time. Without any real weather issues we were able to keep up the pace. This is the first year in 10 that we never had to pick on a Sunday. We really didn't have a day that we didn't have enough people. We altered our start time from 5:30 am to 5:00 am and its working. We had a few easy days that we even started at 6:00 because we didn't have that much to pick.
I don't see how this won't be a killer wine quality year. The fruit just seemed that good.
We left very little fruit hanging after it was all said a done. The current state of the market is a topic for another time. We did great and that's all I can control.
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#476 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 6th, 2019, 9:41 am

My job does not end (prior to the sales cycle!) until all wine is in barrel (going today) and the vineyard is prepared for winter, which has just been accomplished. Compost spread, and cover crop planted. Some years it starts to rain a lot before we have time to get the tractors through to plant the cover. This was indeed an "easy" year - let's wait for the results.

Lots of fruit moving in bins on trucks and trailers daily. Seems like every 6 vehicles on the road is one of these, though I am sure that is an over statement. There is still a lot of fruit hanging out there - the Cabernet in the acreage starting one row over from me is still hanging.
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#477 Post by Karen Troisi » October 6th, 2019, 10:49 am

Early morning pick at Atlas Peak - think this will be the only fruit that comes in light.
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#478 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 6th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Having a short day yesterday we put our Pinot to barrel. Racked off the gross lees via siphon tube by elevating our garbage cans with the forklift. Although there's still quite a bit of stuff in suspension the wine has crazy ass color. Had enough for the barrel a 5 gallon demi and two extra gallons for topping. Will bum a bit of lab work from neighbors to make sure it's dry.
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#479 Post by Eric Lundblad » October 8th, 2019, 10:34 pm

I'm supposed to pick Cab Franc (mid 21 brix or so) next Monday....but will I???
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#480 Post by Rick Allen » October 9th, 2019, 6:28 pm

Power issue?

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#481 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 10th, 2019, 7:07 am

Final day of harvest and the coldest.....30 degrees out there. Glad I'm just the forklift operator. Taco truck at 11:00, clean up starts tomorrow. Cultivator and seeder start tomorrow. Trying to get back to normal sleep patterns hopefully starts tomorrow too.
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#482 Post by Eric Lundblad » October 10th, 2019, 11:31 am

Rick Allen wrote:
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Power issue?
Yep, currently both the winery and the vineyard have no power. Well, the winery has a generator for cooling and other basics, but not enough to run full operations...hey that's more than the Caldecott Tunnel has (or had, until a day ago)!

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#483 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 10th, 2019, 8:04 pm

Crazy frozen pick to finish my 41st harvest. Taco lady came after and we had some fun.
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#484 Post by Kim Z » October 11th, 2019, 6:27 am

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Crazy frozen pick to finish my 41st harvest. Taco lady came after and we had some fun.
Congratulations on what looks to be a great vintage! And thanks for taking the time to give updates [cheers.gif]
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#485 Post by Eric Lundblad » October 11th, 2019, 5:46 pm

I agree...great looking fruit and job Casey.
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#486 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 11th, 2019, 5:51 pm

I woke up to frost protection wind machines somewhere in my area this morning. That's a first for fall rather than spring.
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#487 Post by Stewart Johnson » October 11th, 2019, 9:43 pm

I delivered some viognier grapes to a winery in Santa Rosa last night. Drove the load up after a night pick with the intention of just sleeping in the truck until someone showed up to off-load. Was not prepared for temps in the 30s. It was a 3 dog night, and I only brought 2 with me. It was a huge bonus when a hearty soul turned up early to work at 4:30 to get me back on the road.
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#488 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 13th, 2019, 7:02 am

The local wind machines are blowing out thee again this early morning - the days in a row. Get those babies in, folks!
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#489 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 14th, 2019, 5:19 pm

Loaned 5 of my best pickers to a friend in Ukiah area. Picking Primativo at 6 tons/acre. Stinking clusters are over triple the size of the Pinot bunches we deal with. Luckily they are picking by the hour rather than piece work. They'd never want to come home! Looks like they'll be there most of the week. Awful lots of fruit out there on heavily frosted vineyards. Can't imagine good will come from this remaining fruit.
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#490 Post by Roy Piper » October 14th, 2019, 6:56 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 7:00 pm
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I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

26.6 brix
287g Gluc/Fruc
3.8 TA
3.66 pH
72 YAN

About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
So you'll do a water add and acid bump before fermentation?
I did a 22 gallon saignee off 422 gallon estimate and added 7 gallons of water. So a 1.5% add, but still a drop in total volume to skins. Added no acid because I suspect Houyi will come in 3.60 pH. The blend should end up about 3.80 at bottling, which is just fine for Napa Cab.
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#491 Post by Roy Piper » October 14th, 2019, 6:58 pm

Picking Houyi on Friday. I wish that 85-87F heat next week were here right now. Would love two more days of that. But the canopy is starting to go and I am 3% raisins even though brix is not that high (for me.) [berserker.gif]
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#492 Post by N Weis » October 14th, 2019, 9:14 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Loaned 5 of my best pickers to a friend in Ukiah area. Picking Primativo at 6 tons/acre. Stinking clusters are over triple the size of the Pinot bunches we deal with. Luckily they are picking by the hour rather than piece work. They'd never want to come home! Looks like they'll be there most of the week. Awful lots of fruit out there on heavily frosted vineyards. Can't imagine good will come from this remaining fruit.
Was in Philo today for the first time in about a week and it looks like it got cooold. Most canopies are smoked.
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#493 Post by Casey Hartlip » October 16th, 2019, 6:13 pm

Always interesting to wish for rain because MY grapes are picked, but I feel for my fellow growers who are still out there trying to salvage their crops. Cheers to my fellow growers and wineries.
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#494 Post by Merrill Lindquist » October 16th, 2019, 6:43 pm

Just pick 'em.
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