Daily Archive for September 25th, 2010

Pinot Noir Looking Good

Pinot Noir is usually before Chardonnay but it is not far behind. After what appears to be an exceptionally warm weekend we will, if Winemaker Bruce McGuire gives the word tomorrow, be picking Pinot Monday.

We pick all our grapes at night starting at between 3am ad 4am and ending between 9am and 10am unless it gets warm earlier, in which case we stop. And the reason is that processing warm grapes and letting them sit for a few hours, damages the grapes. This a photo of the Pinot Noir taken yesterday Friday the 24th.

Saturday September 25: First Picking from Lafond Vineyards

This is our first picking for the year from our Lafond Vineyards, Hyde and 76 Chardonnay clones. These are on our uppermost and sandiest soil, berries are very small. This is the second harvest from this block, last year the first year of harvest produced very little. The berries are small because of the sandy and infertile soil – and because of this we expect great things from this block.
These photos are from Santa Barbara Winery where we produce all our white wines.
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