After several big harvest days this week (mostly Grenache, as well as the rest of the Syrah and the beginnings of the Mourvedre) we're taking a break for the first significant rain of the year to pass through. As of Friday afternoon, we'd already received about 0.4" at the vineyard and it shows no signs of stopping. A look out south from the winery this afternoon, with the wind whipping the olive trees and the clouds obscuring the ridgetops just a few hundred feet overhead:
The forecast for the weekend is good (sunny and warmer) and, as always the key is what it's like after the rain. If the weather is dry and breezy, a moderate amount of rain is not a problem even during harvest. It's when it stays still and humid that you worry.
And, of course, when the choice is to bring in fruit that you know isn't ripe, or to wait in the hope that the weather turns back around and you get it ripe later, you realize that you really don't have much choice. So, fingers crossed. At least we aren't getting the downpours that the North Coast (and even Monterey County) are forecast for over the next few days.
For those keeping track: we are approximately 60% through with harvest, and it looks like overall quality has been very high, with yields down an average of about 20%.