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Turrentine Weekly Harvest Update

 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.

Central Coast

  • 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.

North Coast

  • 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°