By: Lauren Phelps
In the cellar, things are in full-gear!
According to veteran Assistant Winemaker Chelsea Franchi harvest is already over 15% completed. As of August 29th, we have worked with 65.82 tons of fruit.
The 1700 gallon French oak upright fermenters are all full fermenting Syrah for the 2015 Patelin de Tablas!
Our first estate grapes were harvested on August 26th when we brought in about 3 tons of Viognier. According to Viticulturist Levi Glenn, the estate Viognier yields appear down at least 50% due to the drought however, both acids and PH look great.
Levi's dog Mavis, vineyard dog extraordinaire, conducts a rigorous "lab test" of a bin of Viognier.
Although estate Viognier yields look low, Levi explains that "it's really more of a mixed bag. Mourvedre and Roussanne both look a bit higher than normal". In general, we're thrilled with the quality of fruit and a bit concerned since yields remind us of frost reduced years in 2001, 2009 and 2011. We're waiting until we've harvested more from the estate to draw any firm conclusions.