Grape Tracker

2017 Harvest Tracker

2017 Harvest Tracker | By Christian Palmaz

As of Oct 28th, 2017

Reading my last post as of Sep 30th, it’s clear none of us ever imagined just 8 days later Napa and Sonoma would experience one of the worst urban fires in California history.  Although the property burned extensively, fortunately we and our staff were safe and only minorly affected by the fires.  Sadly the few parcels still hanging fruit could not avoid the proximity of smoke and ash.  We sent the fruit for extensive analysis and determined that while we could have harvested, it would be not have been towards a wine we’d be proud of.  Therefore we decided to drop the remaining fruit.  We are extremely fortunate that prior to the fire we had brought in almost 90% of the harvest.  While 2017 will be infamously remembered for generations, I am extremely optimistic that the wine will be one to remember fondly.  Our hearts and prays go out to those who weren’t as fortunate.

2016 Harvest Tracker

2016 Harvest Tracker | By Christian Palmaz

As of Oct 12th, 2016

Earlier this morning at 6 AM we officially finished harvest.  Although tomorrow evening threatens to bring the first significant rainfall of the season, the team brought in the last two parcels from 1,400′ with calm and poise.  Excellent planning, good forecasting, and a little help from nature helped make the 2016 growing season predictable and unexciting.  The fruit quality is consistent, excellent, and abundant.  We greatly look forward to seeing this vintage evolve through fermentation and barrel aging.

2015 Harvest Tracker

With the last parcel from 1400 in, that concludes the 2015 Harvest.  We can confidently say in-spite of lower yields, quality is excellent.  It’s quite unbelievable that we are wrapped up with harvest on just October 8th.  The lower yields and loose clusters can be attributed to a cold pattern we experienced during berry set (marked in blue on the weather chart below).  Fortunately the rest of the season was free of major issues.  We are very excited to continue to watch the 2015 develop through fermentation and finally in oak.  Cheers to another year in the door!