Harvest Update: September 29, 2016
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.