Sheldon Haynie
September 25, 2012 | Sheldon Haynie

Harvest is here: No holidays till November

Harvest, its a season that I've come to view a bit differently over the last years. When we first moved to CA, the lack of a noticeable Autumn when compared to New England was a bit disappointing. The days get shorter and its a bit cooler, but there's no clear sense of "Fall". 

Working in vineyards, you do get that chronograph. The vines go from summer growth, to veraison and senesence, the berries swell,  color and develop sugar and flavors. We have started our harvest last weekend, with the picking of Coop vineyard's many white varietals. We are not sure what there are, just that there are quite a few different ones, the original owner is passed, and there's no documentation. Shoveling the fruit through the destemmer, you see tiny golden berries, large round ones and the flavor variation is intriguing. This will be our first harvest of these vines, and we will fashion a field blend, incorporating our estate Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. All we know is that all of the vines were white and within about a mile of each other. It will be an interesting experiment to see what we get, and an interesting marketing challenge to find a fanciful name for it. 

Our red vineyards are coming along, we are taking weekly Brix readings, from 6 vineyards, of  Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Petit Syrah, Syrah and a mystery red at Coop, as well as our venerable Colombard at Behlmer vineyard in West Gilroy. 

We are planning to harvest Soli Deo Gloria's Merlot this weekend, and we will make a rosé as well as a red from it, we recall the Coté de Provence rosé wines from our European trip fondly. 

From here to November, it gets really busy, we have been insulating more space to put the barrels, checking field equipment and ordering more fermenters and pick bins in preparation. 


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