Friday, June 20, 2014

The Grapes are Looking Good!

Well, Mom is in Europe and we are at our beloved kennel, Tappen Hill -- but we asked Zach to send us some pictures and his impressions from the last visit, when he, Filiberto and Tony went to the Don Miguel Vineyard. He sent us these and we thought you would like to see them!

Good news is, the grapes are growing beautifully and we are most excited about how they are developing. So far the vines are very healthy, with no signs of powdery mildew (oidium) or bunch rot (botrytis), our natural arch-enemies!

The Pinot Noir clusters are loose and don't
look like they will be tight this year!

The Chardonnay clusters are showing some 'peas and pumpkins' but look very healthy

The 'Earthquake Block' Pinot Noir (Pommard clone) looks even better than a few weeks ago

The shoots are still actively growing, for the most part, and fruit exposure is good, even though the vines have not been leafed yet.
Clusters are big in the Syrah, Tempranillo and Albarino; these are behind the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here the clusters show some 'peas and pumpkins' -- smaller and normal-sized berries in the same cluster -- as a result of the brief rains during bloom, which will make for a smaller crop.
But at this point, all these are projections and a lot can still happen to change the outlook; so we keep our fingers crossed!

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