Massican opened Harvest 2009 at Larkmead on Thursday, August 20. On said day, I ventured to Pope Valley to bear witness to Sauvignon Blanc being harvested for my private wine label. The pick at Juliana Vineyards was on the short list of grapes being harvested that day. Interestingly enough, it opened the season for the vineyard team and in turn said winemaker at his place of worship, Larkmead Vineyards. So, firsts abound – on the schedule for one of the first picks at the vineyard, the first fruit processed at Larkmead and the first of my anticipated wine grapes that will be part of my inaugural vintage. These facts alone didn’t direct my decisions, but they did make me feel that this wine has a chance to be a bit ‘special.’ Hopefully an auspicious decision on my part.