We took a break from harvesting late last week to let an early band of cool, wet weather pass. Parts of the Central Coast received significant amounts of rain (even some big thunderstorms) but at Paso Robles we received a more moderate 0.2" over Thursday night and Friday morning. It cleared up, though staying cool, over the weekend, and we are looking forward to a full week of sun and warm temperatures. One beneficiary of the rain: our season's first rainbow:
For this week, we're preparing to harvest (in order) the rest of our Grenache Blanc, Grenche Noir, and Roussanne, and beginning our Mourvedre harvest. It looks as though two of our smallest-acreage grapes (Picpoul and Counoise) will be the last grapes out this year.
In the cellar, we're pressing off Syrah lots, and moving the wine to barrels to complete its primary fermentation and begin its malolactic.
More later this week...