The weather in Paso Robles warmed up last week, and we started harvesting in earnest. We've brought in most of our Syrah, the first big chunk of Grenache, and are finishing up Grenache Blanc. Viognier and Marsanne are in. I'd estimate that last week, we brought in between 10% and 15% of our annual harvest, mostly Grenache and Syrah. Happily, it looks like the production of our reds is not off nearly as much as our whites. We're now estimating white yields down about 30%, but red yields down just 5% to 10%. A photo from our front entrance, looking at the newly-harvested Syrah "C" vines:
This week, we're looking at more of the same weather, sunny and days in the 80s, with nights in the low 40s. We're expecting most of our Grenache and our first significant blocks of Roussanne.
In the cellar, we're starting the assembly of our Rose by bleeding off some of our Grenache. We've decided to make the Grenache component just a little bit lighter this year. Each year, our Rose has gotten a little darker, and we feel it's time to back off just a little. Below are two photos from the saignee of Grenache: on the left draining the juice from a tank harvested yesterday, and on the right spraying the juice into a new tank to ferment as rose.