We have finally had a few days with temperatures near 100° F. I figure we need some of this kind of weather to move the crop toward ripening. I spent an hour and a half this morning walking the Estate vineyard looking for signs of veraison. I found it it a few vines of the young-vine Pinot Noir 37 (Mt. Eden) at the top of the slope. I usually figure sixty days from first color to harvest. I’m not ready to start the countdown just yet—I’d like to see some color in the middle of the mature Pinot blocks before I call the ball.
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