Monday, October 15, 2007

Waiting out the rain.

This year we have already had two sets of rain and the forecast suggests that another is to follow. But we will weather the storm and harvest on one of the many successive sunny days that follow. No good can come from picking early. Our Linstad Cabernet in the Tulocay area of Napa is still out there but it is simply not ready yet. The area is known for unusually long hang time, slow maturity and good concentration without excessive sugars. We selected this site for these reasons and we have full confidence that it will perform as such, despite the weather.

So, I don't believe in knee jerk reactions, I don't believe in crisis management and I don't believe in changing my nature because I cannot change mother nature. Around Napa Valley when people see rain in October blood pressure goes up, trucks scramble around the valley and wineries end up working even longer days and nights. Moods take a sharp nosedive and that translates directly to the wine. Here's my solution: Don't panic! When cooler heads prevail better wine will be had. This is to be a joyous time of year for all of us! We are giving of ourselves to give life to something we dearly believe in. What ever we do and feel - the wine knows!

- Karl

1 comment:

Mike Duffy said...

Thanks for the heads up today about the Vellum winery blog. It's been added to our list of winery blogs.

I look forward to more posts, and more of the Vellum story.