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Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Bolgheri Bounty

Harvesting the red varieties, waiting out the rain and picking Mr. Harvest

Posted: October 15, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

The harvest at Ca'Marcanda, in the Bolgheri area of Tuscany, occurred between Sept. 7 and Oct. 6, starting with our experimental white varieties. On Sept. 18, we finished picking the last of the Syrah but still had all of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese left to harvest. However, it started to rain in Bolgheri and continued for five days, dropping a total of 200 mm (8 inches). The rain worried us and, after the fifth day, we thought we faced real trouble. Yet on the sixth day, as if by plan, the rains stopped, good weather resumed and providential northern winds dried the grapes off, preventing mold and preserving the quality of the crop.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Treasure of Château Haut-Bailly

A video of harvesting the estate's 100-year-old Cabernet

Posted: October 14, 2009  By Véronique Sanders

At Château Haut-Bailly, we have 70 acres of planted vines on one piece of land, and 15 percent of the vines are more than 100 years old! They are a mix of six different grape varieties-seven-twelfths Cabernet Sauvignon. You can see us harvesting them in this video.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

2009 Should Be Exceptional Throughout Bordeaux

Cabernets show great balance and richness

Posted: October 12, 2009  By Véronique Sanders, Alexander Van Beek

The excitement here in Bordeaux is growing day by day as the Cabernets being brought in also show tremendous potential, like the Merlots, thereby confirming the quality of the vintage. The weather continues to be amazing: Record fall temperatures beat down on Bordeaux! It was 30°C (86°F) on Oct. 6 ... just like in 1929!

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Skipping Sleep to Pick Pinot for Loring and Siduri

Got to pick in the early hours to keep the fruit cool for my friends

Posted: October 9, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

There's a big change in the weather coming next week, with rain forecast to arrive late Monday night. It looks like a potentially significant first storm of the season. Hopefully the only thing left on the vines by then will be a 2.5-acre block of clone 115 Pinot Noir that goes to the Loring Wine Company and myself.

It's been a very busy week harvesting Pinot Noir, during the night into morning, to keep the grapes cool.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Rapid Pace for the Piedmont Harvest

Picking is nearly done in Gaja's Barbaresco and Barolo vineyards

Posted: October 9, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

The 2009 harvest is proceeding very well and progressing quickly. The harvest of Nebbiolo grapes began on Monday, Sept. 21, starting with our vineyards in the Barbaresco district. Since then, picking has been going on every day, with Sundays being the only rest days. If we continue at this pace, weather permitting, we will likely finish this week, one week earlier than last year.

During the first two weeks of September, we enjoyed moderate temperatures, a welcome relief after the heat of August. The afternoon of Sept. 19 brought clouds and a few drops of rain. However, since we started the Nebbiolo harvest, the days have all been sunny and warm, with average temperatures of 25º C (77º F), allowing the grapes in all of our vineyards to fully ripen.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Bringing in Brewer-Clifton and Bonaccorsi

Two more blocks of 2009 Pinot Noir are in the bins and off to the wineries

Posted: October 7, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Peter Cargasacchi pulls in two more blocks of Pinot Noir for the 2009 harvest, this time for Brewer-Clifton and Bonaccorsi.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Harvesting Pinot Noir (and Telling Ghost Stories)

The Dragonette Pinot Noir is in the fermentors; how it was crushed may still be a mystery

Posted: October 5, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Peter Cargasacchi harvests Dragonette winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gillis Pinot Noir and talks about unorthodox crushing methods and who first brought today's popular Pinot Noir clones to California.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Bird Watching Is Good During Harvest

Richard Sanford and UC Santa Cruz are re-introducing peregrine falcons to California wine country

Posted: October 2, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa has been releasing Peregrine falcons, which help to protect vineyards from grape guzzling birds such as European starlings. The UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group organizes and oversees the releases utilizing a university student workforce.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Fermenting Napa Valley Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc

The unusual ripening patterns required extra care in the vineyard as well as the winery

Posted: October 2, 2009  By Mia Klein

In the past week we've picked Merlot and Cabernet Franc from St. Helena for Bressler, and the same two varieties from Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga for Selene, Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena and Malbec from Stagecoach Vineyard, both for Boyanci Wine.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Quality of 2009 Bordeaux Is Starting to Be Confirmed

Much of the Merlot is in at du Tertre, Giscours and Haut-Bailly

Posted: October 1, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

At the end of September, it was in the low 80s every day in Bordeaux, wonderful conditions for harvest. The vintage looks BIG, and the excitement is growing every day! At Château du Tertre, we started the harvest on Monday, Sept. 28, and by evening had already harvested around one-third of our Merlots. The juice tastes great: high in sugar, with rich and long persistent fruit in the mouth. Get the full details, along with details on what we've been picking at Giscours and Haut-Bailly, as well as Caiarossa in Tuscany.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Pinot Noir Harvest Starts Tomorrow

The Hitching Post's 2009 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir is ready to be picked

Posted: September 28, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley, the winemakers/proprietors of Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post (H.O.), have decided that tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 29, is the day to harvest their Sta. Rita Hills, Cargasacchi Pinot Noir.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Pressing Pinot Grigio and Battling Hungry Boar

Cool nights to come mean more hang time for the grapes, but that has its risks

Posted: September 25, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

It's been foggy and cool at night in Santa Barbara County, and I've been busy chasing wild boar from the vineyards so they don't eat the still-maturing grapes. Meanwhile I also pressed some Pinot Grigio, using a method more common to northern Italy and Alsace.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Unusual Ripening Patterns in Napa Valley

Cabernet Franc has surpassed Merlot in maturity; different batches of Sauvignon Blanc look promising

Posted: September 24, 2009  By Mia Klein

The 2009 vintage in Napa Valley is shaping up with some promise. It's also presenting challenges for grapegrowers and winemakers, as we have had unusual patterns of ripening. Some grapes in certain areas are maturing very quickly, while another variety growing right alongside might flatten out on its maturing curve. So this year, making excellent wine will depend on making good picking decisions. Here's what's going on with the vineyards and wines I deal with.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Off to a Good Start with Reds in Bordeaux

The Merlot harvest has begun amid ideal conditions

Posted: September 24, 2009  By Véronique Sanders, Alexander Van Beek

Picking of the young Merlot has just started at Château Giscours and Haut-Bailly, and the maturity of the grapes looks promising, both by the numbers and by taste. The weather is expected to be great through the end of the month, allowing us to move on to the older Merlot and hopefully start Cabernet in early October.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Shakespearean Woe in the Vineyards

How an innocent line of Henry IV led to headaches for U.S. wine growers

Posted: September 23, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Peter Cargasacchi checks his bird nets to ensure his grapes are safe from voracious European starlings.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Picking is Under Way in Piedmont

Whites have been crushed; Nebbiolo harvest just starting in Barbaresco

Posted: September 23, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

Kicking off her harvest blog from Piedmont and Tuscany, Gaia Gaja reports on the 2009 growing season to date at her family’s three properties—Gaja Winery in Barbaresco, Ca’ Marcanda in Bolgheri and Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino—and the start of the white-wine crush.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Pinot Harvest Approaches in Santa Barbara County

Despite some setbacks, Mother Nature has been kind in 2009

Posted: September 18, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Peter Cargasacchi describes the 2009 vintage for his Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir Vineyards as harvest approaches.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Promising Year in Bordeaux

A pre-harvest report on 2009 at châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly

Posted: September 16, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

Alexander Van Beek of châteaus Giscours and du Tertre and Véronique Sanders of Château Haut-Bailly will be reporting from Bordeaux on the harvest, which is just about to get under way at their estates. In the meantime, they sum up how the growing season has proceeded so far.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Sonoma Harvest Live Auction Raises Disappointing $427K

Bacchanal theme can’t distract bidders from tightened belts in current economy at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Posted: September 8, 2009  By Tim Fish

Aug. 31, 2009 Issue  :  News

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report

Posted: August 31, 2009  By James Molesworth

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