The vines are pushing. Hallelujah, the vines are pushing. The Cabs are still a bit sleepy, but everything else is wide awake. I was a bit nervous about a late frost, but Craig assured me that if the mesquites are also pushing buds, the frost danger has passed.
Last year, we had a bad frost that took out our whole crop of apricots and almonds. Quite a bum-out since they were so tasty in 2005. But this year, everything seems to be chugging along just dandy. The figs, almonds, apricots, mulberries and pears all seem to be very healthy. There are also peaches and apples, but they’re a bit behind.
This will be the first year we set fruit in my vineyards. One in particular has me very excited: the block of Cabernet that I’ve named Judith’s Cab, after my late mother. Of all my vineyards, these vines seem the most vital and vigorous. They take after her, no doubt. Planted three-quarters of the way up an east-facing steep grade, with a solid afternoon breeze to blow things about, this block of vines reminds me of a cross between Tuscany and the vineyards along the Douro River outside of Porto. Moody, difficult, gorgeous, captivating, intense, challenging and all very worth the effort. Basically all things Judith.
On the cellar front, my 2005s are up for presale on my site. I’ve decided to release them officially on April 17, my birthday. So in case you’re wondering what to get me for my 43rd, look no further. An attempt to have my wines with your favorite meal and your closest friends is all a young winemaker could ever wish for.
For photos of the budbreak check out the journal section of my site, www.caduceus.org.
Kirk R Grant — Ellsworth, ME — April 17, 2007 10:07am ET
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