Pinot Noir Today

6.05.13-pinotnoirThe crop looks good, not spectacular but close to average. Because of a very dry winter the vines are not growing large canopies. This is true especially in young vines because the roots have not grown sufficiently and the drip irrigation affects a limited area, whereas, rain will extend to all the roots. It is an argument for overhead sprinklers which, however, require a great deal of water and are very costly.

We are beginning, now, to balance the fruit levels with canopy size which will require dropping fruit in order not to damage the vine. So, what began as a bumper crop will end up slightly below average. There is always next year.

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