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Every mid-80’s day that goes by, is another day closer to harvest. Ever wonder how I can predict when we will pick our fruit? Well, as soon as we get close to harvesting time (to put that into number, about 22 Brix – 22% sugar by volume), I can estimate the grapes will take about 4 days of maturation per Brix accumulated (at a given temperature close to what we are experiencing now – mid-80’s). So, if we were about 21.5-22 Brix late last week and I want to pick at 24-24.5 Brix, it will take the grapes approximately 10-15 days to fully ripen; this explains why winemakers are so in tune with the weather. Hotter days, things ripen quick. Cooler days, slower. We have to track everything and forecast possible hiccups of rain or cold spells, taking everything into account for our harvesting decisions.
To cut to the chase, I think we will be harvesting our Dijon clone Pinot Noir around next Monday, September 18th. Chardonnay and the Pommard clone Pinot Noir will follow soon after! LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Also, today marks the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Not a year has gone by that I haven’t gotten a bit emotional on this day. I would just like to thank every single policeman, firefighter, doctor, nurse, volunteer who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day in 2001. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice. To this day, we still strive to fulfill our promise to you: we will not forget.
Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom. –Michel de Montaigne