Harvest 2013 - Fast Pace, Good Quality
Harvest began almost a month ago on August 30, which was a very typical start date for us. Relative to the past three years, the difference has been in the pace of harvest since the start, which has been fast. It kicked off with a warm period over Labor Day weekend and for the first week of September which ripened just about all of the chardonnay and pinot noir in Rosemary’s Vineyard. Things cooled dramatically after that, which slowed everything down. In fact some sugar levels actually went down, implying that the grapes were rehydrating. Another warming trend coincided with the Harvest Moon, which quickened our pace again. At this point, we are about 65% done with our harvest in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys and anticipate being just about complete by October 10. So far all of the lots of pinot noir we’ve pressed off have had good clean flavors and elegant texture, similar to 2012.
Speaking of the Harvest Moon, check out this video we shot on September 19. It shows every step in our process of producing pinot noir from night harvest in the early morning, through destemming, pressing and finishing with the last punch downs of the day. I also have a short video with Eric Johnson discussing night harvest at Rosemary’s Vineyard. Enjoy!