Journal | May 24, 2019

Hardscrabble Journal

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.

Admittedly, all is not perfect. We are seeing some unusual vineyard problems that I am referring to as “2018 Disease”. Many of our very young vines are struggling. Some won’t make it. Last fall they were too stimulated by the constant rains. Sort of a sugar high. They grew like weeds, but never stopped their growth cycle to direct carbohydrates back to the roots and the permanent wood. Now they are paying for it, as this spring’s new shoots are weak or non-existent.

However, the mature vines are growing quickly with all this sun and heat. We are playing a bit of catch up in the vineyard just trying to keep up. Our first priority is the vineyard. Mowing the grass that isn’t in the vineyard is low priority. I’ve always liked the “amber waves of grain look”.