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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. 

Central Coast

  • 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
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    Byron, Eastern Contra Costa County Syrah. Photo by Erica Moyer

    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.

Interior

  • 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.

North Coast

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Russian River Pinot Noir. Photo by Alicia Kump

  • 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

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    Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by Mike Needham