Thursday, August 18, 2011
Vineyard Update From Oak Knoll and Mt. Veeder
We've reached about 50% veraison in our small plot of Merlot at Jaeger Vineyard just west of Big Ranch Road in Oak Knoll District. Our clone 181 is catching up slowly on last year. We've been about two weeks behind schedule, but the recent weather has brought things along nicely. There isn't a lot of shatter here ... the clusters look big and bold just like last year, and the berries that have turned are already starting to taste sort of nice.
Our one acre plot of Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is about 40% through veraison. We lost about 20-30% of the crop to shatter, likely due to spring rains and cold. Overall the vineyard looks similar to last year, with a small crop of slowly ripening fruit very indicative of our Mount Veeder terroir.