Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | September 11, 2019
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | September 7, 2019
Dry conditions have afforded us the opportunity to precision pick. We have seven different plantings of Chardonnay at Hardscrabble. They range in age (35 years to 4 years), soils, and clones. By harvesting and vinifying each block separately we are able to better understand the personality of each parcel.
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | September 4, 2019
In the Groove
So far this has been a very, very good September for harvesting grapes. Better yet this means really good wine. All we got from Dorian were a few stiff breezes. Harvest has been fabulously uneventful. Pick. Crush. Sleep. Repeat.
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | August 31, 2019
Patience rewards, but the wait has been agonizing. The Dorian threat didn’t help, but it looks like we are all clear. Our big push starts tomorrow at Avenius Vineyard to continue at Hardscrabble.
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | August 29, 2019
It is fitting that we should take a break from harvest and crush over Labor Day Weekend. The first small flurry of ripe grapes is “in the barn”. Now we wait. And watch Dorian’s track.
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | August 28, 2019
Chardonnay harvest at Avenius and Hardscrabble is still weeks away, but we are starting to zero in on strategies now.
Linden Update | August 2019
Yesterday was Linden’s first day of crush. But we didn’t crush. We whole-cluster pressed. Perhaps some explanation is required.
Journal | Follow the 2019 Harvest | August 27, 2019
Last week’s heat wave accelerated ripening. Harvest will start very soon, but the peak of activity is still many weeks away. This is why September’s weather is so critical in determining the overall quality and style of the vintage. All we ask for is cool, dry and no hurricanes.
Grapes into Wine
Follow the 2019 Harvest
Linden will be closed October 11, 12, and 13
Journal | August 22, 2019
Suddenly It Started
Yesterday was our first day of harvest. Last week’s heat and this continuing dry spell accelerated ripening.
Journal | August 6, 2019
All the usual signs are pointing towards a very good vintage for 2019. The vines and clusters are healthy. Numbers (sugar and acid) are good. Very little rain. However I’m restraining my enthusiasm. At least for now.
Linden Update | July 2019
A Good Transition
The soil is dry and the vines are slowing down. Right on time. You have no idea how exciting this is to winegrowers.
Journal | July 20, 2019
Late July brings a shift to the vineyard and to the cellar.
Patience Rewards: Bottle Evolution Seminars August 18 & 25 — Sold out
Wines constantly evolve during aging in the cellar and in the bottle. Bottled wines gain complexity and integration with time. So what does that mean? There is only one way to find out.
Journal | July 12, 2019
The vineyard has now entered lag phase, which is the transition period from growth to ripening.
Journal | June 21, 2019
Two weeks ago both Hardscrabble and Avenius Vineyards experienced a moderate hail event. Yield losses are modest, around 10%. However, the lingering damage could adversely affect the quality of the vintage.
Linden Update | June 2019
Linden was lucky this week. Daily predictions of heavy rainfall from thunderstorms never materialized (with the exception of a 15-minute deluge on Monday). Soils are beginning to dry out.
Journal | May 31, 2019
Vintage 2019 is progressing well. The first milestone of a vintage’s success is flowering. This year’s flowering was early (late May through the first week in June). Conditions were ideal with warm, sunny, dry days.
2018’s planting struggled to get going this spring. Some vines did not make it through the winter, as they were too weak after the unforgiving rains and lack of sun last year. The planting is looking healthier now.
Journal | May 24, 2019
June is our busiest and most demanding month in the vineyard. Vigorous vine growth is fueled by soil moisture, heat and abundant sun. This spring has provided us a hat trick on all three accounts.
Journal | May 13, 2019
Dry, Warm, and Sunny
Pinch me. When was the last time we heard this mantra.
Bright, dark green vine leaves. Firm soil. Dry socks. These are a few of my favorite things. After the wettest vintage on record we are especially grateful.
Linden Update | May 2019
May’s weather is predictably unpredictable. While this can inconvenience our morning wardrobe selection, the vines don’t seem to be much bothered by it. Everything looks pretty good at this stage.
Spring is unfolding nicely. Budbreak was right on time. No frost, and enough (but not too much) rain. Wonderfully normal with no surprises, just what we farmers hope for.
Fortunately, this spring’s excitement is contained to the tasting room. Three new, distinct wines have just been released.
2018 Rosé | Silver Lining
2017 Village Chardonnay | Youthful Exuberance
2017 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc | Patience Rewards