Harvest 2016 is here!
Somebody pinch me… It’s really time for this again. This is cray-cray yo. Seems like I was just finishing up the tallies from last year’s harvest, but yet, here we go again. The cycle has come around and now the winery team is busy downstairs loading the sorting table with Pinot and the Chard press is rolling and hissing and huffing and puffing. It’s really here and there’s no denying it. Conditions on this later portion of the summer have been ideal, cool but not cold, warm but not hot. The vines have been able to focus on doing what they do best, ripening grapes, rather than struggle for survival.
While we, as a team, are always excited to get harvest rolling and the return to sleepless nights, fearful that exhaustion might take precedence over the alarm clock, it is always a bit of a shock to the system. I expect, and I may be wrong on this, that we’ll have a couple of days after we finish up at Adam’s before we get anything else. If that holds true, it’ll give the team the exact kind of start that we hope for; a couple of days of lifting and lugging, a couple of days for the muscles to adjust, then let it fly. However, that being said, the tricky thing is it may be one of those harvests that is on again / off again, which is not a bad thing for the quality of the wines since it is typically a product of favorable weather conditions, but can be a bit more stressful on the system.
This morning we started at 5AM at Adam’s vineyard to pick out the Calera Pinot and the Old Wente Chard. I just received word that we’ll finish the Pinot pick there tomorrow and, for now, we’ll have to wait a few more days for the Montrachet Chard.
So tomorrow morning; Adam’s Mt. Eden and 667 will make an appearance at the winery!
Here’s a little clip from today’s Harvest action at the winery: