Journal | Follow the 2018 Harvest | September 8, 2018
Journal | Follow the 2018 Harvest | September 6, 2018
The cycle of harvest and crush is underway. Yesterday was a dizzying first day as we pressed out Boisseau Chardonnay, Boisseau Viognier, Hardscrabble Sauvignon Blanc, and Hardscrabble Semillon. It is quickly becoming evident that 2018 will become the vintage of “pretty” wines.
Journal | September 3, 2018
Off and Running
Wednesday, September 5, marked the first day of harvest for Linden Vineyards. We started at the warmer Boisseau Vineyards with Chardonnay and Viognier under sunny skies and hot temperatures. Considering the challenges of the 2018 growing season, we are quite pleased with the quality of the crop.
Journal | August 27, 2018
Our grapes are ripening, but slowly. There has been enough heat, but not too much sun. We have avoided most of the thunderstorms over the past several days.
Linden Update | August 2018
A Little Bit of Optimisim
Finally the weather is in our favor. I can’t remember the last time we went a full week without rain. The vines are finally settling down with green growth slowing.
New Releases | August 2018
This has been the wettest growing season I have ever experienced.
The New Website
For those of you who have an interest in following the progression of the 2018 vintage, I have been faithfully posting weekly updates in Hardscrabble Journal on Linden’s new web site.
Journal | August 20, 2018
Hardscrabble Red 2014
We felt this vintage needed more time to develop and patience rewarded us.
Avenius Chardonnay 2016
This wine is a great example of the expression of a cool site (Avenius) from a warm vintage (2016).
Journal | August 13, 2018
This week we will take the first sampling of Sauvignon Blanc grapes (always the first to ripen). Shari will run lab tests quantifying sugar, pH, and acid amounts. We will taste the juice for aroma and flavor. While harvest is still weeks away, this sampling and evaluation will give us a better idea as to when we might expect to start the vintage.
Journal | August 6, 2018
Where is that Canadian Cold Front?
In the debate of which growing season has been the most challenging, 2018 is starting to edge out 2003. We can’t seem to get a long enough dry spell to slow vine growth and give us a break. So far the clusters look good, but I can’t imagine that they will be able to hold on for too much longer if this stormy weather pattern persists.
Journal | July 30, 2018
Ready to Dry Out
Last week included disbelief, denial, and a reality check. After more than two months of record rains we felt that we should certainly be due for a change. Last week’s rains were salt on the wound.
Journal | July 23, 2018
Veraison has commenced. This is when the grapes turn color and start the ripening stage. So far only a few berries have colored. When 50% of the berries in any given block turn, the date is noted.
Journal | July 16, 2018
At Linden we practice palate-based winemaking. This means that our decisions are based primarily on taste rather than science or numbers. This works because we make wine from vineyards where we have grown and harvested the grapes for decades. There is a sense of what to expect, but always with a dash of surprise.
Journal | July 9, 2018
A More Relaxed Pace
The last three weeks of hot, dry weather have finally calmed the rate of vine growth. After a very intense two months of “green work’’, we finally have the vineyard canopy in good order.
Journal | July 2, 2018
Good Child, Bad Child
Thus far the rainy spring of vintage 2018 has produced vines of extreme vigor and unruly growth. I can’t remember the last time we spent so many days cutting out unwanted lateral shoots, leaves, tips, and/or suckers.
Journal | June 25, 2018
Back to Normal
Ten yellow suns in a row appeared on the weather web site. This is exactly what the vines need.
Journal | June 18, 2018
This has been a very intense week in the vineyard. Vine growth is unprecedented as copious amounts of rain and typical summer temperatures create hothouse conditions.
Linden Update | June 2018
Brilliant sunlight, breezes, and low humidity make for a better outlook when walking the vineyard. The crop will be shy, especially chardonnay and merlot. But there is enough.
Journal | June 11, 2018
The vines are exhibiting a high degree of resilience through all this gloomy rain. We growers take note and try to follow suit.
Journal | June 4, 2018
Grapes, Clones, and Rain
Finally we have had a few sunny days, but now it is back to rain. June is our busiest time in the vineyard and this June has been especially demanding.
Biblical Rains II
Angst. Intellectually I know that everything will be all right. I’ve lived through this before. Spring 1997 experienced this level of precipitation, and it continues to be one of the all-time great vintages.