April Showers Bring...
So the saying goes "April showers bring May flowers", and that's typically what we see out here at Talley Vineyards. But we'll have to change the saying around a bit this year as we are already starting to see bloom in the vineyard. Overall it seems like the vines are about two weeks ahead of schedule compared to their normal growth pattern. Bud break was a bit early, but growth has been rapid over the past few weeks. We finally received a decent amount of rainfall, spread out over the past couple weeks, which was followed by some much warmer than normal temperatures. This weather pattern gave the vines all the energy they were needing, and they quickly began to grow.
With bloom kicking off in many of our pinot and chardonnay blocks, it won't be long until the vines begin to set this year's clusters. In a few more weeks we'll get our first real look at this year's vintage. Some of the local growers are making jokes about a July harvest, and although things seem to be ahead of schedule, there's still a lot of growing season left. Our hope here at Talley Vineyards is that we get some warm spring weather over the next few weeks. Warmer temperatures seem to help speed up the bloom process and ensure a good crop for this year.
In the vineyard, we're still busy shoot thinning. The women's crew is wrapping up the shoot thinning while the men's crew has begun lifting wire and organizing the canopy. Tractor drivers are busy spraying and cultivating the mid rows. We've also been busy ripping out some blocks that we've decided to replant and have begun planning and designing the layouts for some new blocks we will plant next year. It's a busy time of year out here, but things are looking great.