What’s happening in the vineyards as harvest progresses? The Turrentine Grape Team will be highlighting what they are hearing and seeing in the vineyards throughout California every week.
- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot are all ripening at the same time, earlier sites of these varieties are being harvested within days of each other
- Paso Robles Crop looks average for Bordeaux varieties with the exception of Merlot having a potential for being above average despite accelerated maturity
Santa Barbara Pinot Noir coming in fast
- Harvest appears, as of now, to be 10-14 days ahead of the last few years depending upon the variety and region
- Monterey County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have sized well. Chardonnay harvest has just started and the crop looks good. Pinot Noir harvest is around the corner.
- Early varieties are in: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, White Riesling. Yields were up and down. Call it average!
- Merlot and Pinot Noir are rolling in. Some Cabernet Sauvignon has started to roll in as well.
- White Zinfandel is still being harvested.
- The earlier cooler temps helped in sizing.
- The little heat spurt did not hurt before the cool down as Fall is upon us, September 22.
- Sauvignon Blanc is looking pretty big, about 75% picked. Napa and Lake County is above average. Sonoma is average to above average
- Pinot Noir is looking big overall, Napa sparkling picked out above average
- Chardonnay is just starting for still wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to pick (hillside with shallow soils), still a long way before we have a good idea on CS
- Merlot across NC looks like a decent crop, potential to be above average