Harvest Update: The Countdown Begins
Each summer, our vineyard crew carefully checks the vines looking for that first sign of bloom. Once we have bloom we can expect harvest to begin in approximately 100 days. Let the countdown begin!
Alex Sokol Blossers Pre-Harvest Vineyard Update:
- Bloom started for our warm site in the Dundee Hills around June 20th, which puts the start of harvest out to around September 20th.
- We are expecting more of a normal harvest start date unlike 2013-2016.
- After one of the wettest winters on record, summer has finally come and it fortunately has not been too hot.
Check back soon for our Harvest Updates!
Harvest Update: September 15, 2016
Alex Sokol Blosser’s Vineyard Report for September 15, 2016:
- We are finishing picking pinot noir, the first fermentations are done and we started pressing last weekend. We began barreling the first of our pinot noir on September 13th from the grapes we brought in on August 21st. Primary fermentation should be complete by the end of September.
- Our white wines are hanging out on lees at the moment and we are filtering our rosé to get it ready to be bottled in November.
- The acid levels are still looking great! With this nice weather we were able to get the grapes as ripe as we wanted them and the fruit is very clean.
- We have a brand new concrete egg for this harvest that we are excited to experiment with. It’s too early to tell how it will shape the wine but Fir Island Pinot Gris is currently going through its secondary fermentation in the egg.
- We anticipate harvest being wrapped-up possibly as soon as this Sunday, September 18th or early next week.
Harvest Update: September 8, 2016
Harvest is in full swing in the Willamette Valley! The Sokol Blosser winemaking team is hard at work in the vineyards and in the winery with 2016 harvest activities.
Alex Sokol Blosser’s Vineyard Report for September 8, 2016:
- We are more than half way done with picking, so the vineyards are starting to look a little bare. We are about to put down our annual cover crop.
- The grapes that have come in are nice and clean. The grapes still left to pick look great and aren’t tasting ripe yet but will be ready soon.
- The weather has started to cool slightly with partly cloudy days and some light showers. The rain is not affecting the grapes yet, but we did have to stop picking because of it and haven’t picked for a week.
- A couple of Estate Pinot Noir blocks including Old Vineyard, Watershed and Blackberry, are still left to be picked along with a little bit of Pinot Gris and Riesling. We plan to have picking completed within the next two weeks.
Harvest Update: September 1, 2016
Harvest has officially begun! The Sokol Blosser winemaking team is excited to begin harvest activities for their 2016 vintage.
Alex Sokol Blosser’s Vineyard Report for September 1, 2016:
- Harvest began on Friday, August 19. We picked 7 tons of Walnut South Pinot Noir for a new sparkling wine.
- This year tied last year for the earliest harvest in Sokol Blosser’s history.
- The window is very tight for picking for sparkling, the grapes (and chemistry) tell us if they are ripe or not. In order to make good bubbles, we need to get the harvest date just right.
- We experienced quite a heat spike which speeds up ripening, so we are sampling grapes every morning.
- On August 25th we picked the first grapes for a still wine: our Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir.
- We are seeing really nice levels of naturally occurring acid due to the majority of summer not being too hot. Crop levels are coming in closer to plan, unlike the past couple of years when we experienced heavy crops.
Harvest Update: August 4, 2016
In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing regular vineyard and winery updates throughout harvest 2016, with some behind-the-scenes snapshots gathered from winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser and his vineyard team.
Alex Sokol Blosser’s Vineyard Report for August 4, 2016:
- With temperatures high above average in late spring, our estate vineyards experienced the earliest bud break and bloom on record, and we’ve been doing this since 1977.
- With a much cooler June, the process slowed a bit but we still should have the earliest start to harvest ever with a target date range of August 10th-15th for sparkling and by the 28th for our pinot noir.
- This July, the weather has been great with warm days and cool nights.
- Veraison began on July 19, so the grapes are still mostly green and just starting to get some sugar.
- Hot weather is on the horizon though with temperatures in the 90s predicted for much of August.