This is the stretch where I'm on the road the most, when we're getting ready to release our flagship Esprit wines, and when the market is choosing the wines for its many holiday programs. I try not to be gone for full weeks given how much is going on here too, but it's often the case that I'm here for a few days and gone for the rest of the work week. When I arrived back into the office today, the changes from early last week were noteworthy. Most noticeably, the fall colors had come out in the Mourvedre:
I probably shouldn't be surprised that things are moving fast now. We've had a warm September, with three distinct heat spikes: September 8th-12th, September 19th-21st, and September 24th-26th. And we've had fewer cold nights than normal; over the last 10 nights, only one has dropped into the 40's.
And suddenly, it seems like everything is ripe.
We spent most of today testing each remaining vineyard block, and putting together a plan of action. Happily, it looks like it's not supposed to be up in the 90's much going forward, and we'll get cool nights more often than not. But it doesn't look like harvest will go much longer than last year's, which ended on October 7th.
Meanwhile, we'll be enjoying the new colors of the vineyard. If you're coming out in the next month or so, you're in for a treat.