We started the week by harvesting the Petit Verdot and ended by harvesting most of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The cool summer forced a late harvest that has been punctuated by rain. Normally, rain is a welcome occurrence in California, but not during grape harvest. The added dose of water caused some of the grapes to crack or split. This allowed botrytis mold to get in while continued cool damp weather allowed it to take hold. Thanks to careful vineyard management practices, we were able to minimize the spread, and although our yield is lighter than normal and sugar levels (brix) are a little low, the maturity and quality of the fruit is good. (Have you ever tried a Cabernet Sauvignon grape? Yummy!)
On Thursday, we will wrap up our 2011 harvest with the last two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and all of the Cabernet Franc. With modestly warm temperatures, we remain hopeful!