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Veraison 2008 Photos of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise

July Vineyard Photo Album

After a couple of weeks of seasonably warm weather (days in the 90s or low 100s and nights in the 50s) we had a break in the heat from a cut-off low and a resulting deep marine layer.  Sunday and Monday we had fog in the morning, breezy, cool days with highs topping out in the low 70s, and chilly, breezy nights in the mid-40s.  When I got into the vineyard on Monday morning, I was struck by the crispness of the day and headed out into the vineyard to catch the last bits of fog lingering over the vineyard.

I didn't make it in time to get any good photos of the fog, but had a nice walk through the Grenache Noir, Mourvedre and Vermentino blocks on the hill behind the winery.  A few of my favorite shots are below; check out the complete photo album for more.  First, some Grenache vines silhouetted against the sky:


A Grenache Noir cluster, still a few weeks away from veraison:


Looking west over our Grenache block, you can see a block of Syrah as well as (further west) the new section of vineyard we just finished planting:


A look north-east through two Vermentino rows shows Adelaida Road and Halter Ranch in the background:


And finally,  a closeup of a Vermentino vine with the sunlight shining through it: