We are deep into it now. The winery is starting to fill up, and we’ll be picking all the rest of our blocks Tuesday through Friday this week, unless the weather does something bizarre and unexpected.
So far, the fruit we’ve brought in has been absolutely pristine- there has literally been nothing to remove on the sorting line except for a few leaves. From the first 15 tons we didn’t fill half of a 5-gallon bucket with stuff pulled off of the line – and that was only second-crop clusters that were picked by mistake.
So far this is reminding me a lot of 2008 and 2012, in terms of the pure quality of the fruit. Zero signs of any maladies of any kind, good ripeness, good acidity, pH levels are correct – this should be another superb vintage, if everything else comes in looking like what we’ve got so far.
Temperatures are forecast to dip this week, cooling off into the 70s, which should serve us well. We should not have to worry about any over-ripeness, and the overall balance is really looking nice.
Keep your fingers crossed for us, and I’ll have more updates here as things progress, including our first ever Chardonnay from our ultra-high-density block at Azana vineyard…