Daily Archive for December 18th, 2012

Getting Ready for Pruning

12.18.12-pre-prunerDavid is getting the pre-pruner ready. Pruning will probably not start until mid-February.

We like to wait as late as possible to inhibit bud growth which can be damaged by frost, and with this pre-pruner the work can go much faster. It cuts the canes about 6 inches above the growth wire eliminating a lot of heavy physical work. The workers then go down the rows cutting back the canes to the desired bud count.


End of Harvest 12/18/12 Lafond Winery

Today Bruce is pressing the last two tanks of Syrah. These have been undergoing extended maceration for 47 days, since the end of the primary fermentation. During this period they have also undergone malolactic, or secondary, fermentation. Because of this extended skin contact the wines are rich in color and flavors. Tomorrow, after giving them a day to settle, they will be put in barrels.

12.12.18-end-of-harvest-1The photo is of the key group who ran both the red and white wine productions. From the left Carlos, who can be seen at the Santa Barbara Winery Tasting Room on weekends, Bruce McGuire, the Winemaker, Shane, assistant Winemaker, and Alex who has helped at the Lafond Winery for two harvests.