Vintage Watch XIII

Many harvests are safely in the bag, or vat, yet other producers must still hope for sunny skies


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Vintage Watch XIII The coming week or two really are the crossroads of this harvest season. Producers in the north of California are focusing on bringing in some of their later vineyards while in Oregon there is a bit of a scramble as growers have to make the tough decision to pick a bit early and get fruit in before possible rains, and it is raining there, or to wait it out and hope for the best.

The waiting game is in full force in regions across the Atlantic. Rioja is about two weeks away from the heart of harvest and in Piedmont some of the early reds are in and will continue to be harvested this week and next but the big gun, Nebbiolo, is waiting in the wings; a notoriously late ripening variety that may test the patience of producers in 2013.

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  • notes from California: The harvest has not been uniformly early this year. Many of our late ripening varieties are already in but then several of our early ripeners are still in the vineyard. We are waiting on Pinot from Carneros (first to second week of September normally)) while our Sierra Foothills Barbera is in barrel already (usually harvests mid October)!

    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Warm weather in Sonoma and Napa are just what's needed to finish off the last of the harvest. We had a little rain the last couple days, so things need to dry off just a little. We saw some areas that had been completely harvested--all the whites appear to be in--and a few vineyards with big berries still hanging on the vine--given the locale, I would guess PN--as we drove through the RRV this Sunday.

    Sep 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

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