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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#351 Post by Paul Gordon » August 15th, 2018, 8:04 pm

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Echoing Casey - 90% of the Mendocino Complex fire has actually been in Lake County. It has been crystal clear in AV most of the last two weeks. There have been a couple of days with a little light smoke but frankly there has been more smoke in Sonoma - the winds are generally from the N or NW.
We are yet to see any colored berries, so no concern about smoke taint. Now if the occasional smoke were to continue for 2-3 more weeks, I would start be concerned.
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#352 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 16th, 2018, 9:47 am

My vineyard is pretty much "there" in terms of color. Time to drop anything hanging around that isn't marching along. I do this constantly, but there are always those clusters I like to give a little more time to.
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#353 Post by Karen Troisi » August 16th, 2018, 5:00 pm

Our Malbec (from Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford) - nearly through full color.
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#354 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 17th, 2018, 11:16 am

Yesterday's numbers from our sparkling Chard blocks for Roederer ranged from 9.5 to 11 brix. 3 more weeks of sanity ahead
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#355 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 17th, 2018, 3:14 pm

I pulled a few berries yesterday morning and put them in the refractometer. 18 Brix. Good flavor for that reading - not Cab flavor but fruit flavor. The Cab flavor comes much later.
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#356 Post by Karen Troisi » August 19th, 2018, 9:30 am

Our merlot from Oak Knoll - this one typically comes in last for us so we’ll see how it goes this harvest.
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#357 Post by timmy roos » August 20th, 2018, 11:10 am

Lake county has been clear to hazy for the most part depending on wind direction. Mosof the smoke happened before most of our grapes hit veraison. That being said they will be tested for smoke taint once they can run microbatch fermentations(maybe around 16 Brix?)
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#358 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 22nd, 2018, 6:45 am

Fog has pushed all the way into the Ukiah valley the past two mornings. It feels great. Air quality has improved as well. More samples for Roederer on Thursday. Crews are still dropping fruit. It's not quite time to pull out harvest equipment yet. Preharvest safety meeting today.
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#359 Post by timmy roos » August 22nd, 2018, 10:43 am

We are dropping a little fruit. Cleanest chard crop since we have owned vineyard
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#360 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 22nd, 2018, 11:07 am

The berries are tasting quite sweet - no pucker. I need to take a sample. I'll bet they are in the low 20s.
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#361 Post by Roy Piper » August 22nd, 2018, 4:18 pm

I went through Moulds two days ago. Veraison had just finished. Gonna be a largish crop this year. Berries small but clusters big.

I won't pick til probably late-Sept, so I did not even bother tasting a berry. Wake me up in 10 days.
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#362 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 22nd, 2018, 5:05 pm

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I went through Moulds two days ago. Veraison had just finished. Gonna be a largish crop this year. Berries small but clusters big.

I won't pick til probably late-Sept, so I did not even bother tasting a berry. Wake me up in 10 days.
Yep...that's about right. Large clusters...berries seem average size. I did a quick pull and it was 21.5.
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#363 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 23rd, 2018, 8:59 pm

As expected our sparkling Chard jumped 2 points to 13.8 brix in a week. This last three days of cool weather and fog is not bothering me much.
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#364 Post by Drew Goin » August 24th, 2018, 2:26 am

Thanks to the Mendocino folks for the info on the wild fires. I saw some Google Map images that scared me - S of Ukiah, and around the Redwood Valley (I thought, "Redwood? Two years in a row?!?").

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#365 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 24th, 2018, 6:24 pm

It is decidedly cooler the last few days...color is complete...now to slowly raise the sugars along with the flavors. Could be ideal.
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#366 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 24th, 2018, 6:25 pm

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It is decidedly cooler the last few days...color is complete...now to slowly raise the sugars along with the flavors. Could be ideal.
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#367 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 25th, 2018, 10:04 am

Damn full moon last night. Starting to have harvest dreams!
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#368 Post by mattcitrang » August 25th, 2018, 12:18 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
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Damn full moon last night. Starting to have harvest dreams!
Should be dreaming about fish not harvest that’s not till next month.

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#369 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 26th, 2018, 9:05 pm

Pulled a quick sample today and found that sugars are not rising in this cooler weather - we are basically 70s every day. Perfect for finally being able to be outdoors. Flavors and overall condition of the fruit is totally awesome. Nice, nice stuff so far.
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#370 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 27th, 2018, 4:56 pm

Preharvest stuff today. Did some counting and we usually pick a total of 35 different days. So I need 960 bottles of Gatorade. Ordered 40 buckets from Napa auto parts. Will start doing some sugar testing this week as well. Also did some domestic chores, went to recycle and transfer station. Damn, lots of Bombay bottles in those cans! As usual not real excited about harvest.
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#371 Post by Karen Troisi » August 28th, 2018, 6:16 pm

Our Rutherford Cab is at 21.5 and our Rutherford Sauv Blanc is at 22.1. Probably another 10 days or so before anything comes in. That’s all I have measurements on thus far.
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#372 Post by timmy roos » August 29th, 2018, 6:27 am

Our Sauvignon blanc is getting close as well. Smoke taint test came back negative thank God
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#373 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 29th, 2018, 10:52 am

Three winemaker visits yesterday. Guess these folks are getting bored. Not one of them offered to take me to lunch either! One DID bring me a bottle of wine.

More preharvest stuff. Setting up our own crushing station for sugar testing. Will sample for Roederer tomorrow and start testing some other early things like Pinot Gris and sparkling Pinot noir. Ordering more bathrooms, restocking the first aid kits and such. Today we'll have a meeting to see how many people my crew has recruited.

My sleep pattern is already screwed up. I'm glad I only have 5 more of these. Wonder what I'll do in September of 2023? Hopefully be in decent enough shape to hunt elk!
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#374 Post by Steve Edmunds » August 29th, 2018, 10:35 pm

I feel for you Casey! Umm; how old are you? :-P

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#375 Post by R M Kriete » August 30th, 2018, 10:28 am

Steve Edmunds wrote:
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I feel for you Casey! Umm; how old are you? :-P
I'm guessing 5 years too young [wink.gif]

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#376 Post by Roy Piper » August 30th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Just finished veraison on Houyi (Pritchard Hill.) I am guessing I am 6 weeks out.
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#377 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 30th, 2018, 12:36 pm

Hey Steve, I know I'm a pup compared to you. I could see myself participating in this business in the future, I just don't want to be the head honcho of a property like this. I love my crew and most of my customers, it's the regulations/water issues/labor issues that are burning me out.

Lynne and I just bought a house in Wyoming and plan on doing the 'California Cash Out' in 5-6 years. Gonna downsize and simplify and move to an area where rednecks like me will feel comfortable.
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#378 Post by Casey Hartlip » August 30th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Back to the matters at hand:. Jim at Navarro texts yesterday afternoon and says they're thinking about making some sparkling Gewurtz this year and wants a sample this morning. Since we're sampling for Roederer it's no big deal. Jim calls and says it's 19.5 and wants it tomorrow. CRAP! Thought we had 4-5 more days!
So not only does he want it tomorrow but we don't even have bins out of the barn yet! And he wants 10 tons which for a day one will be some effort. Oh and not all of my crew is even on site yet. Anyway, here we go!
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#379 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 30th, 2018, 6:04 pm

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Just finished veraison on Houyi (Pritchard Hill.) I am guessing I am 6 weeks out.
No way mine will be hanging in 6 weeks. Looks like we are headed for a bit warmer weather. Flavors are already great, but sugars need a boost. Fun time of year.
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#380 Post by Paul Gordon » September 1st, 2018, 9:44 am

We are 90% thru veraison. Continuing to track to a mid-October pick for the Syrah. Glad to see there will be a little bit of a warm up the next few days. We need a push to finish veraison.
August was on the cool side - we had an average high of 78F and average low of 54F. That compares to the historical averages of 79F/60F for Cote Rotie. Ampuis was certainly hot this August - an average high of 86F and average low of 65F.
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#381 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 1st, 2018, 3:20 pm

For sure my last weekend off and probably my last DAY off for the next month. I went for a short deer hunt this morning and doing other domestics too. We are booked for picking through next Saturday already. I'm getting starting to think the overall crop is bigger than expected. Ill have a much better handle on that in a week.
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#382 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 1st, 2018, 6:20 pm

22.5 B today.
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#383 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 3rd, 2018, 8:20 am

Full vrew today. Now we're cooking with gas!
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#384 Post by Karen Troisi » September 4th, 2018, 3:52 am

Our first pick is thursday - sauvignon blanc from Dalla Gasperina Vineyard in Rutherford.
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#385 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 4th, 2018, 10:41 am

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#386 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 4th, 2018, 1:50 pm

Cab is at 23.5 this morning.
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#387 Post by Ken Zinns » September 4th, 2018, 8:20 pm

First fruit in at Harrington Wines yesterday, Verdelho from the Calistoga area (first time we've gotten fruit from Napa since 2011). About 22.5 brix and tasted very good. A bunch of things due in later this week from San Benito County - Trousseau, Pinot Gris, Gamay Noir.

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#388 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 5th, 2018, 5:56 pm

Haven't really got a good lather up yet. 5 tons here, 10 tons there. We were scheduled for 20 tons of sparkling Chardonnay tomorrow and got pushed back a day. I'm inclined to be pissed off that one day would really matter, but I'm guessing they are getting tight for space already. Since we're booked thru next Friday, an odd day off doesn't really bother me that much. I've been getting vibes from some customers saying the crop looks big and they will cap contracts at Max tonnage. Smells like a trend.
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#389 Post by Karen Troisi » September 6th, 2018, 4:09 pm

One down... many more to go!
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#390 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 6th, 2018, 6:25 pm

I predict Ms Merrill picks this weekend. We will finally have a somewhat serious day tomorrow with 22 tons of sparkling Chard for our good neighbors at Roederer.
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#391 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 6th, 2018, 6:50 pm

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I predict Ms Merrill picks this weekend. We will finally have a somewhat serious day tomorrow with 22 tons of sparkling Chard for our good neighbors at Roederer.
Nope. Missy Merrill is definitely NOT picking this weekend. Did a full-on (200 berry - REAL baseline) test from all parts of the vineyard yesterday. Fruit looks great, flavors are fantastic, but not ready. If I heard of a giant rainstorm coming, I would probably pick. This has been a beautiful growing year. A little hot for living (big PGE bill for air conditioning), but my canopy, which is largely "unmanaged," has served me well in shading from the sun. Every vineyard is different. I know every inch of mine. And for additional amusement, I had another winemaker walk the vineyard with me and select the berries yesterday for testing.

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#392 Post by N Weis » September 6th, 2018, 6:56 pm

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Haven't really got a good lather up yet. 5 tons here, 10 tons there. We were scheduled for 20 tons of sparkling Chardonnay tomorrow and got pushed back a day. I'm inclined to be pissed off that one day would really matter, but I'm guessing they are getting tight for space already. Since we're booked thru next Friday, an odd day off doesn't really bother me that much. I've been getting vibes from some customers saying the crop looks big and they will cap contracts at Max tonnage. Smells like a trend.
Definitely a trend. We are getting some calls already about overages, wineries holding people to contracts, and our appetite (depends on who's calling - we're in the same boat as someone who's 70% estate). We've only done SB and Pinot noir thus far, but it's picking heavy. Nothing crazy heavy yet, but SB was the one variety we thought might show up a little light.

Loving this vintage. Good maturity at low Brix, no hurry. Patience will be the key this year. Which guys like you, Casey, love to hear, right? Because, eventually, everyone wants to pick on the same day?
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#393 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 7th, 2018, 10:46 am

Nice looking Chardonnay
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#394 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 7th, 2018, 11:18 am

That's beautiful, Casey. I echo Nate's comment about "good maturity at low brix." It looks like they have lowered expectations of heat over the weekend. Since budbreak I have been thinking September 15, based on nothing but "gut" and looking at milestones of years past. Just hoping to be at Fenway for the last series with the Yankees September 28-30.
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#395 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 7th, 2018, 11:22 am

To Nate's other comment that everyone wants to pick on the same day...I don't usually have a problem getting my crew in when I want them. In years past, I was the first pick of the day - two hours max and they are out of here by 8:30. Now, with the more recent trend of night picking for the big guys, I am still the 6:00 a.m. pick, but the last pick of the crew's day.
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#396 Post by Roy Piper » September 7th, 2018, 3:30 pm

I am 4 weeks out for Moulds (7-10 days behind last year) and 6 weeks out for Houyi (14 days behind last year.)

Dreamy! Seeds already starting to brown at 21 brix. Big acids. Modest sized berries but largish clusters. Flavors running ahead of tannins this year for the first time I can remember.

This time last year we just finished a brutal heat spike and were 3 brix ahead of where we are now. We might actually get rad flavors and lower brix and pH levels, if we stay lucky. This could be an EPIC vintage for Napa.
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#397 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 7th, 2018, 4:01 pm

yep yep yep.
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#398 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 7th, 2018, 8:13 pm

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I am 4 weeks out for Moulds (7-10 days behind last year) and 6 weeks out for Houyi (14 days behind last year.)

Dreamy! Seeds already starting to brown at 21 brix. Big acids. Modest sized berries but largish clusters. Flavors running ahead of tannins this year for the first time I can remember.

This time last year we just finished a brutal heat spike and were 3 brix ahead of where we are now. We might actually get rad flavors and lower brix and pH levels, if we stay lucky. This could be an EPIC vintage for Napa.
Could be epic for many regions! Fingers crossed!
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#399 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 8th, 2018, 3:04 pm

After today we're at around 65 tons in. We could possibly do 100 more in the next 7 days.
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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#400 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 8th, 2018, 3:09 pm

95 degrees here yesterday and today. Sugars will quickly catch up to flavors.
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