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#401 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 18th, 2019, 5:02 am

Well add another tenth of an inch to the quarter we had the other day. Sigh. Here we go shifting the schedule again. Good news is I'm finally finished up some clients so my phone isn't blowing up quite like it was. I think we have about 380 tons in now. I feel amazingly calm for some reason. That might change if we start to see some botrytis popping up. Hoping we're dry for the next week or so and can check some more folks off the list.
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#402 Post by Al Osterheld » September 18th, 2019, 6:26 am

Steve Edmunds wrote:
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we actually picked the Tempranillo, and about half the Grenache yesterday before the rain, Ken. Hoping to see the rest in the next 10-15 days, but feel, since this is only the fourth harvest from Shake Ridge, that I'm now in somewhat uncharted territory, since this seems to be the weirdest vintage in the last 8 or 9.
Good to hear you beat the rain with most of the pick.

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#403 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 18th, 2019, 7:18 am

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Was coming on here to see if Merrill had picked yet. Gotta figure Calistoga is 24-25 brix by now, which I think is usually in her wheelhouse. I am going to both my vineyards tomorrow to see where they are at.
Nope, have not picked yet. Vineyard was at 25B Tuesday morning.
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#404 Post by Ken Zinns » September 18th, 2019, 7:56 am

Al Osterheld wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 6:26 am
Steve Edmunds wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 10:50 pm
we actually picked the Tempranillo, and about half the Grenache yesterday before the rain, Ken. Hoping to see the rest in the next 10-15 days, but feel, since this is only the fourth harvest from Shake Ridge, that I'm now in somewhat uncharted territory, since this seems to be the weirdest vintage in the last 8 or 9.
Good to hear you beat the rain with most of the pick.

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#405 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 18th, 2019, 8:29 am

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 7:18 am
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Was coming on here to see if Merrill had picked yet. Gotta figure Calistoga is 24-25 brix by now, which I think is usually in her wheelhouse. I am going to both my vineyards tomorrow to see where they are at.
Nope, have not picked yet. Vineyard was at 25B Tuesday morning.
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#406 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 18th, 2019, 8:55 am

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 8:29 am
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
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September 18th, 2019, 12:30 am
Was coming on here to see if Merrill had picked yet. Gotta figure Calistoga is 24-25 brix by now, which I think is usually in her wheelhouse. I am going to both my vineyards tomorrow to see where they are at.
Nope, have not picked yet. Vineyard was at 25B Tuesday morning.
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#407 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 18th, 2019, 3:18 pm

Went to St Helena this morning to retrieve a couple of stranded bins that I was afraid to leave longer than a couple of days. LOTS of fruit hanging in Alexander Valley and down Silverado trail. With my untrained eye it sure looks like lots of folks hanging a pretty big crop out there.
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#408 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Yes, it looks like a heavy crop again this year. Typically, at least for my place, the heavy loads are in alternate years. Last year was my biggest...let's see what it's going to be this year.
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#409 Post by William Segui » September 18th, 2019, 6:52 pm

I’m curious for the first few Napa picks to roll in. We thought we were in for another large 2018-ish sized crop. Then it ripped through veraison, which I took to be an indicator of something normal or slightly less. Cluster counts are good but cluster weights seem light, so as always, I know absolutely nothing and will just take what I get.

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#410 Post by Paul Gordon » September 18th, 2019, 10:09 pm

William Segui wrote:
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I’m curious for the first few Napa picks to roll in. We thought we were in for another large 2018-ish sized crop. Then it ripped through veraison, which I took to be an indicator of something normal or slightly less. Cluster counts are good but cluster weights seem light, so as always, I know absolutely nothing and will just take what I get.
I am hearing that there are a good number of clusters but low cluster weight. That is what I see at our place - smaller clusters with hardly a wing in sight.

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#411 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 19th, 2019, 6:35 am

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One of my clients sent me bins to pick into' that looked like this. Pick or clean first. Really didn't budget time at 4:45 am to be doing someone else's work.
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#412 Post by Albert R » September 19th, 2019, 5:36 pm

Wishing everyone a smooth and great harvest. Thank you all for taking the time contribute to this thread.
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#413 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 19th, 2019, 5:53 pm

So I did go ahead and pick this morning - probably the first Cabernet in Napa Valley, but I see plenty of bins stacked down at Kenefick in anticipation of a pick (I think Nickel and Nickel).

Cluster weights are moderately heavy, berries on the small side, flavors fantastic.

It came in at 25.1, so it moved only .1 Brix in 2 days. Just what I had hoped for. It probably gained a bit since Tuesday, then backed down a bit from the rain with a net result essentially of zero. As Piper would say, "right in Merrill's wheelhouse."

It was a nice clean pick - very little MOG - and the crew was so easy to deal with. 8 men and women who knew what they were doing, who started arriving at 5:30 for the 6:30 pick (naptime for at least one guy who came from a night pick). The foreman and the supervisor assisted me in sorting at the bins, but there was little to sort. I sorted up the conveyor into the destemmer at the winery, and two of us were laughing about how clean it was. Preparation on the vines can help tremendously.

My Lady Sapphire (feline) enjoyed every minute. She greeted the vehicles, and was not shy about any noise. Like her mom, she loves tractors and forklifts!
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#414 Post by N Weis » September 19th, 2019, 6:21 pm

Great minds think alike, Merrill. I picked my first Cabernet in Napa this morning as well. From the Soda Canyon foothills.

Started in Alexander Valley last week and that area is starting to pick up. Nice full schedules the next couple of days near Healdsburg.
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#415 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 20th, 2019, 3:43 am

Going to cross the 400 ton mark today. This is the first morning my alarm woke me up.
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#416 Post by H Wallace Jr » September 20th, 2019, 6:34 am

We are 30% in (mostly our whites and only 1 Mourvèdre). I pushed off a bunch of picks until next week. This is quite a start-stop - start-stop vintage, with seemingly 2x the sampling.
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#417 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 21st, 2019, 3:18 am

3 clients today but just a total of 10 tons. How do I get myself into these things? Going to return to 20 ton days starting Monday. Another Sunday off tomorrow. Don't even have any bins to chase down. Hell I might even sleep until at least 5:00!
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#418 Post by P Intag » September 21st, 2019, 1:00 pm

Albert R wrote:
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Wishing everyone a smooth and great harvest. Thank you all for taking the time contribute to this thread.
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#419 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 21st, 2019, 1:56 pm

It is HOT again. In the shade at the house it is 88 degrees at 2:00. The forecast for the rest of the week is hot and hotter.
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#420 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 21st, 2019, 3:19 pm

Pretty much decided today that we'll make wine from Pinot clone 91 on Monday. They might be the best looking vines on the ranch. Crop looks about 3 tons/acre on vines planted in 2013. Gonna pick a heavy half ton for a barrel.

I wanted to make a barrel of the Beaujolais clone stuff planted in '75 but they just look to vigorous this year and the fruit hasn't had much exposure. As late as that stuff is if our fermenter empties in time from the 91 we might make a second barrel.

An unnamed local winery will destem into our To bin and we'll bring it back and do our punchdowns in the shop. Looking forward to that wonderful smell of yeast consuming sugar. We went native ferment last year but I might go cultured yeast, we'll see. Will try to post some pics.
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#421 Post by Roy Piper » September 21st, 2019, 6:13 pm

I hear Tues/Wed might not only hit 100-103F but might have very low humidity and.... drumroll... high winds. Does anyone have any update on this rumor?
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#422 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 22nd, 2019, 6:45 am

Roy Piper wrote:
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I hear Tues/Wed might not only hit 100-103F but might have very low humidity and.... drumroll... high winds. Does anyone have any update on this rumor?
I see 100 degrees Tues and Wed, then Thurs-Sun 60s and 70s, with increasing chances of rain from Thurs through Sunday from 20% to 60%.
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#423 Post by Karen Troisi » September 22nd, 2019, 6:50 am

Looks like a little roller coaster this week.
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#424 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 22nd, 2019, 12:12 pm

I've been so busy running the harvest and delivering I haven't had much time or energy for vineyard inspections. I've been particularly concerned about a Chard block after the two small rain events. Today I finally had a look. I found 1 crappy cluster in a 10 minute walk.
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#425 Post by Roy Piper » September 22nd, 2019, 2:29 pm

Yeah looks like an iffy week. I think we need to watch for the winds on Tues/Wed. Could be fire weather.
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#426 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 22nd, 2019, 3:08 pm

Been watching weather underground and they seem to be losing interest in the storm for next weekend. Just one opinion.
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#427 Post by Paul Gordon » September 22nd, 2019, 3:26 pm

I love this alternating warm and cool. Just enough warmth (we will likely peak in the high 80s mid-week) to keep pushing the brix forward, but then nice cool spells to allow phenolic development without sugar increase. A week ago we had 3-4% of our Syrah clusters without full color. By Friday we were at a solid 100% color when the interim 5 days averaged just 64F for a high.

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#428 Post by Stewart Johnson » September 22nd, 2019, 10:16 pm

Here's a nice thing about this year. No yellowjackets. Zero. Even on unfermented stems and skins dumped in the vineyard that would usually be swarming. Last year we picked syrah at night that was full of yellowjackets bedded down in the clusters. The pickers didn't get stung because the yellowjackets were too sleepy at that point. They would eventually come crawling out, rubbing their eyes, once they hit the macro. I destemmed the whole lot just to avoid having to tread it.
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#429 Post by Roy Piper » September 23rd, 2019, 6:31 pm

Red Flag fire alert going tonight and tomorrow. Will be 100-103F and 15-17% humidity. PG&E lso looking to turn off electricity near the hills in Sonoma and Napa.

My Moulds is 25.2, 5.3, 3.56.

But I feel that flavors are behind brix. Wake me up when pH hits 3.70. Guessing 2 to 2.5 weeks.
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#430 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 23rd, 2019, 7:13 pm

They called off the alert for tonight, and PGE has said no one is getting turned off today, the 23rd.
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#431 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 23rd, 2019, 7:47 pm

Roy Piper wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 6:31 pm
Red Flag fire alert going tonight and tomorrow. Will be 100-103F and 15-17% humidity. PG&E lso looking to turn off electricity near the hills in Sonoma and Napa.

My Moulds is 25.2, 5.3, 3.56.

But I feel that flavors are behind brix. Wake me up when pH hits 3.70. Guessing 2 to 2.5 weeks.
25 brix and waiting 2 weeks? Really?
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#432 Post by Paul Gordon » September 23rd, 2019, 8:55 pm

Roy Piper wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 6:31 pm
Red Flag fire alert going tonight and tomorrow. Will be 100-103F and 15-17% humidity. PG&E lso looking to turn off electricity near the hills in Sonoma and Napa.

My Moulds is 25.2, 5.3, 3.56.

But I feel that flavors are behind brix. Wake me up when pH hits 3.70. Guessing 2 to 2.5 weeks.
Use 50% whole-cluster. That will solve your acid problem. champagne.gif

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#433 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 23rd, 2019, 8:57 pm

I have been looking at glucose/fructose numbers, now, for a number of years. My must officially measured 24.7B, while the glu/fru measured 280.5. ETS Labs defines glu/fru as the 2 main sugars present in juice that can be fermented by yeast. I have never seen such a wide difference in my wine as this one this vintage.
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#434 Post by Wes Barton » September 23rd, 2019, 10:41 pm

Crunch time in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some stuff has been coming in over the last 3 weeks. The scrambling with a shortage of pickers started today. For a friend's winery the remaining 75% is coming in over the next 10-14 days.
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#435 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 24th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Added another 80 pounds of whole clusters to my must this morning. That's 160 pounds now. Want to make sure I have topping wine after the barrel. Added 4 gallons of water and brix is now 24.7.
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Did a little treading to get it all mixed in afterwards. Will check sugar once more in the morning before it starts to really get going.
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#436 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 25th, 2019, 1:43 pm

It's been a brutal couple days.....over 100 right now. Hoping the vines can catch their breath in the coming days. Knocked off at 11:00 and didn't get the amount needed but the folks were fading. Two multi client days coming up. Gewurtz and Chard, then Pinot from two different blocks.
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#437 Post by timmy roos » September 25th, 2019, 3:56 pm

Still have some chard to pick. Thankful they called off this weekends rains
Our merlot likely will end up not being picked this year
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#438 Post by GregP » September 25th, 2019, 6:41 pm

timmy roos wrote:
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Our merlot likely will end up not being picked this year
Why? Weather seems to be pretty great from tomorrow on.
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#439 Post by timmy roos » September 26th, 2019, 1:41 pm

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#440 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 26th, 2019, 4:23 pm

Will pass 500 tons tomorrow. SO glad the heal will be gone for the next week.
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#441 Post by Roy Piper » September 26th, 2019, 4:36 pm

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.
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#442 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 26th, 2019, 5:24 pm

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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.
Those numbers look great to me.
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#443 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 26th, 2019, 7:39 pm

Roy Piper 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?"
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#444 Post by Evan Pontoriero » September 27th, 2019, 6:20 pm

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Here's a nice thing about this year. No yellowjackets. Zero. Even on unfermented stems and skins dumped in the vineyard that would usually be swarming. Last year we picked syrah at night that was full of yellowjackets bedded down in the clusters. The pickers didn't get stung because the yellowjackets were too sleepy at that point. They would eventually come crawling out, rubbing their eyes, once they hit the macro. I destemmed the whole lot just to avoid having to tread it.
Shitload up in north PGap but the traps did their job. Heard a Marin vineyard had them bad too so maybe location or what you did with soils this year? Then again we are still a week away from any picks on out estate.
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#445 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 28th, 2019, 6:46 am

Broke out the comforter last night to shift to end-of-summer mode. Still sleep with doors and windows open, just not wide open. First two days off during harvest not caused by rain in a while. Didn't sleep great anyway.

Fruit scheduled to pick thru Thursday. I don't see any ball buster days anymore unless we start to lose people. I hate to be away from my wine this weekend but my foreman lives right there and will do punchdowns twice daily. I ended up adding a total of 8 gallons of water because I don't want a 15% alcohol Pinot.

I'm not letting myself look too far ahead or relax quite yet. Still have customers counting on us to provide them with quality product. Tuesday we have a cluster select pick for Navarro Riesling. Some crew members will only pick the fruit without botrytis, while other pick only the bot. Both are placed in separate bins. It's a total pain in the ass and we do this hourly rather than piecework to get it right.

There's still a fair amount of Pinot out there too. Mostly for a larger client who prefers it on the ripe side. Might have to do quite a bit of sorting.

Time for some yard work today. Will try to act like normal folks today.
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#446 Post by Karen Troisi » September 28th, 2019, 8:48 pm

Visited our Rutherford cab on friday. Looks like we will be picking Thursday (10/3). In 2018 we picked on 9/24.
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#447 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 29th, 2019, 7:23 am

Reading my remote weather station from the comfort of my jammies I see it's a chilly 36 degrees in the vineyard right now. Sure glad we're not picking today. 40% chance of rain tonight, then pretty smooth sailing for a while.
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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#448 Post by Paul Gordon » September 29th, 2019, 4:31 pm

What a difference three days make - 95F for a high on 25th, 55F for a high yesterday (28th).
Measured our Syrah between 19.6b and 23.6b today. Needs another 3 weeks at least.
Forecast looks good - highs in the low/mid 70s from mid-week thru the Oct 9th - but would love a few days in the 80s.

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Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

#449 Post by Karen Troisi » September 30th, 2019, 5:44 am

Pick scheduled for Saturday for our Phillary Vineyard syrah on Atlas Peak (we’re sitting at around 26/3.6).
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#450 Post by Rboinski » September 30th, 2019, 8:14 am

Brief but heavy cell of rain yesterday afternoon/evening out in the Jenner/Seaview area of Sonoma. Not sure if it was isolated or not as I didn't check the radar.
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