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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 11:15 am
by Casey Hartlip
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Gruner clusters are forming.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 8:20 am
by Sean Devaney
Is it my imagination or is this early for clusters to be forming? Maybe a Gruner thing?

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 11:17 am
by Merrill Lindquist
Sean Devaney wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 8:20 am
Is it my imagination or is this early for clusters to be forming? Maybe a Gruner thing?
I refer to those as flower formations. These are what will bloom/flower forth, leaving behind the berries which will become the fruit that will set and become the true fruit clusters that will hopefully make it to the bottle!

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 1:18 pm
by Casey Hartlip
Sean Devaney wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 8:20 am
Is it my imagination or is this early for clusters to be forming? Maybe a Gruner thing?
Yep, good catch. I should have called them flower clusters. They're not real clusters yet! Going to guess we're 3 weeks or so away from bloom.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 8:55 am
by Casey Hartlip
Not so fast folks! Temps in our coldest fields dipped down to 32 this morning and we wound up protecting 13 acres of Pinot for a couple hours! Neighbors had wind machines running as well. Can't drop your guard in farming!

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 3:20 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
We have had some cool night after some very warm nights. Nothing freezing and no frost protection running in the area. But it is not over until it is over, that we know.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 7th, 2019, 11:50 am
by Casey Hartlip
One of my men said he found a tiny amount of frost damage from the two day event we had last week. Ill try to snap a pic to post soon. Looking 10 days out things look pretty good. My guess is that we'll start some bloom in the next 10 days. I'd really like to get 4 sulfur sprays out there before bloom begins. Many shoots now at 16-20 inches in length and we still haven't full rapid growth yet. Two of my best guys replanting 110 vines as replicants in the Gruner Veltliner. That field has had a rocky couple of years.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 7th, 2019, 1:12 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Vineyard looks great - with fruit bearing shoots averaging 12-18 inches longs. Will spray early in the morning, and sucker next week.

I noticed some of the replants (grafted) that have taken years to really produce are growing like crazy.

So far a great start - no frost protection nights.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 7th, 2019, 5:38 pm
by Casey Hartlip
Merrill what are you going to have your guy spray this go-round?

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 7th, 2019, 5:47 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Josh Clark Vineyard Management is in charge of my spray program. They are going to spray Sulfur, mettle, and Nu-Film P. Taylor is in charge of the scheduling. 24 hour re-entry.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 8th, 2019, 10:56 am
by Casey Hartlip
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Hard to see with a cell phone pic but the frost damage is super hard to see even in person. I'd call this a non-issue. It happened in an area of about a quarter acre among a 13 acre field.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 11th, 2019, 8:33 am
by Chris Johnson
It’s raining again in North San Diego County. Off and on for 2 weeks now, starting to see shatter for the first time in our vineyard. Talked with one of our grower friends yesterday and it’s damaging their crop along with their fruit set on avocados for next year. We had 11 frost warnings in Feb/March, some of the zin got zapped. This growing season is one I never expected down here only being 6 miles from the beach.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 11th, 2019, 4:12 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Chris Johnson wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 8:33 am
It’s raining again in North San Diego County. Off and on for 2 weeks now, starting to see shatter for the first time in our vineyard. Talked with one of our grower friends yesterday and it’s damaging their crop along with their fruit set on avocados for next year. We had 11 frost warnings in Feb/March, some of the zin got zapped. This growing season is one I never expected down here only being 6 miles from the beach.
Just reading this is painful, Chris. In this farming job, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Truly. I have heard stories of the 4th of July frost in Napa Valley. Sends shivers down your spine.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 11th, 2019, 7:29 pm
by Chris Johnson
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Chris Johnson wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 8:33 am
It’s raining again in North San Diego County. Off and on for 2 weeks now, starting to see shatter for the first time in our vineyard. Talked with one of our grower friends yesterday and it’s damaging their crop along with their fruit set on avocados for next year. We had 11 frost warnings in Feb/March, some of the zin got zapped. This growing season is one I never expected down here only being 6 miles from the beach.
Just reading this is painful, Chris. In this farming job, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Truly. I have heard stories of the 4th of July frost in Napa Valley. Sends shivers down your spine.
Thanks Merrill. It’s been a learning experience. Fortunately we have some contracts up north that will bridge the gap for us this year.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 12th, 2019, 5:26 pm
by Casey Hartlip
The weather folks I listen to are saying that we're in for a series of cool rain events this coming week. Predicting up to an inch of rain in our farming region. Things could get quite interesting. Glad we're not blooming yet!

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 14th, 2019, 9:48 am
by Casey Hartlip
I saw a Facebook post today showing Chardonnay in Napa in full bloom. Would love to hear from others as to their situation. I just looked all around my 5 different varieties and am happy we're not blooming yet. Now looks like 4-5 days of rain coming with high winds and amounts up to a couple of inches. Highly unusual weather for middle of May.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 14th, 2019, 11:26 am
by Rboinski
My wife out on the true sonoma coast is not in bloom phase fortunately as they are looking to get 3"+ by Thursday. I know there is potential for hail during instability passing through Thursday. The 10 day totals are looking straight out of winter, it could definitely be a worst case scenario for the areas that bloom first. Wishing everyone the best.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 14th, 2019, 1:12 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
We are expecting rain Wednesday and Thursday and temps n the low 50s. No sign of bloom on my Cabernet...trust me, since I saw the forecast, I have been checking.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 14th, 2019, 6:07 pm
by Casey Hartlip
I'm going out on a limb to say this will be a defining moment in the 2019 vintage. I talked to a grower rep today and certain varieties are in various stages of bloom in parts south. Cold temps and copious amounts of water to the root zone is not a recipe for good fruit set. Glad I'm not blooming yet.
Also a bummer for Anderson Valley Pinot fest starting this Friday and going into the weekend. The weather could certainly effect turnout.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 15th, 2019, 6:08 pm
by Casey Hartlip
Did payroll this morning and then went to Santa Rosa to see a movie and get out of the house. Got home about 5:30 to find furniture blown around and some summer potted plants knocked over.
Went to 3 animal shelters today starting the process of looking for a new dog. Peewee died over 2 years ago and I've finally decided it's time for a companion.
OBTW .85 as of 6:00 pm

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 15th, 2019, 8:49 pm
by William Segui
Been raining here all day

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 15th, 2019, 9:47 pm
by Casey Hartlip
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!

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 16th, 2019, 2:35 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Cab flower formations are tight - no sign of bloom. Thank the lord. 52 degrees high today and raining on and on.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 16th, 2019, 3:15 pm
by Tom DeBiase
Well Over 2 inches here in Windsor (2.3 and counting) with a break tomorrow and more rain predicted over the weekend.

Tom

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
by Casey Hartlip
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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.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 16th, 2019, 11:29 pm
by Sean Devaney
Casey congrats on finding Gypsy. She looks darling.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 17th, 2019, 6:13 am
by Merrill Lindquist
Gypsy looks smart and sweet. Congratulations on bringing her home.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 18th, 2019, 8:20 am
by Stewart Johnson
What the hell happened to my Mediterranean climate? The one upside is that I'm feeling good about having held off on advertising grapes for sale until after set. The market has got to be tightening up as I type.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 18th, 2019, 11:55 am
by Merrill Lindquist
Raining again. And again. With more in the forecast.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 18th, 2019, 1:08 pm
by Casey Hartlip
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 months of May through August.
Agree with Stewart that this might help correct some of the over supply issues that the wine industry is experiencing. I saw some recent data on the vast amounts of bulk inventory out there and it's staggering.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 18th, 2019, 1:55 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
We have no control over the elements - we can only wait and see. Rather fascinating, actually; to be heavily involved in something over which you have no control. We can spray, we can fertilize, we can offer frost protection...all those things. But whether it is sunny or not, too hot or too cold, or too wet or too dry...no control. I kind of like the ride!

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
by Stewart Johnson
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.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 20th, 2019, 6:02 am
by Merrill Lindquist
Stewart Johnson wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
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?

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 20th, 2019, 8:35 am
by Casey Hartlip
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:02 am
Stewart Johnson wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
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 weather is important for next year. The amount of sun and warmth on the vines happening now matters to next crop.

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Posted: May 20th, 2019, 4:41 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Casey Hartlip wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:35 am
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 6:02 am
Stewart Johnson wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
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 weather is important for next year. The amount of sun and warmth on the vines happening now matters to next crop.
Understood. But I can find no definitive information regarding the quality of the grapes, due to the weather now before bloom for 2019, never mind quality of fruit for next year.

Let's wait and see. I don't worry too much about it (because it is out of my control), and see what we get for QUALITY for 2019 and QUALITY for 2020. I am not interested in quantity for what I do - I am interested in quality. And at this point, after 20 years of doing this, I don't feel threatened by rain in May, as long as it is before bloom.