Saturday, October 4, 2008

A rainy Friday brings good news for the vines.

Last night's rain came at just the right time for our two remaining vineyards. The Cabernet in particular will benefit greatly from the sprinkle by soaking up some water and temporarily allowing the sugars to drop in concentration. This swelling of the grapes works to our benefit by extending the ripening period.

By letting the grapes hang longer on the vine we encourage hyper-development of the skins and seeds.

Like last year, the ripening Cabernet is perfectly timed with Mother Nature's showers. And with any luck, we may be ready to harvest the fruit next Saturday.

Jeff Mathy

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