2012: Turrentine Weekly Harvest Update Wednesday, October 3
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.
- Monterey County Chardonnay is just starting to be harvested; starting a little later than normal, too early to determine crop size
- Heat has returned to Central Coast, Paso experienced triple digit weather. A cool down expected later in the week.
- Some Paso Merlot and Syrah yields have been picked at below expectations
- Later ripening sites of Zinfandel may be earlier than anticipated
- Cabernet Sauvignon remains tight in Paso; yields while expected to be average, may prove to be light. Early Cabernet Sauvignon sites are picking out up to 20% below projections.
- Truckloads of Zinfandel in West & East Paso, 3 loads of Pinot Blanc from southern San Luis Obispo County, and 50 tons of westside Paso Merlot available.
- Chardonnay is 60% harvested
- Cabernet Sauvignon starting to be picked on Howell Mountain
- Sauvignon Blanc 95% picked, yields above average
- Pinot Noir picking out above estimates in Sonoma County, and we are finding homes for all extra tons
- Sonoma Zinfandel harvest is just getting started; yields so far above projections
- Ruby Cabernet good sugar, earlier than last year
- Cabernet Sauvignon; Northern Interior; is 1 week away, Southern Interior is just beginning
- Southern Interior; all varieties are ahead of last year
- Zinfandel is making progress; still trying to get brix up to 24°