We wrapped up harvest on October 1st this year and the leaves on the vines are starting to change color. There are beautiful shades of orange and red throughout the vineyard, depending on varietal. The Grenache grapes are still showing the most green, with the Merlot showing green and red, and the Syrah practically all orange. Fall really is a great time to tour a vineyard!
[Syrah to the left and Grenache to the right - great contrast!]
Syrah to the left and Grenache to the right – great contrast!
[Merlot block, hints of red throughout.]
Merlot block, hints of red throughout.
As the nights get cooler, we may experience some frost that will quickly change the leaves from the beautiful Fall hues to brown when they eventually all fall off and Winter approaches. In the meantime, here are some great pics if you are unable to get to the vineyard to experience the Fall season yourself!
[Merlot vine we have been following all year.]
Merlot vine we have been following all year.
[Merlot up close!]
Merlot up close!
It has been a busy month in the vineyard. We typically don’t start harvest until late September or early October, but this year we are going to be finishing up with the last of our Merlot on October 1st! I arrived in Paso just hours before a crew showed up to start harvesting Merlot, including the vine I have been following all year.
[A common siting around Paso, trucks hauling grapes.]
A common siting around Paso, trucks hauling grapes.
[A cluster just before the machine harvester got to it!]
A cluster just before the machine harvester got to it!
[The remains of a cluster after harvest.]
The remains of a cluster after harvest.
[You can really see the difference between our Grenache (left) and Syrah (right) this time of year!]
You can really see the difference between our Grenache (left) and Syrah (right) this time of year!
Another growing season coming to an end. We are looking forward to cooler temperatures and working on various vineyard improvements before next Spring!
Harvest has ended and the 2012 wines are now in the winery getting ready to be put into barrels where they will age until they are bottled in Spring 2014! Here is a quick overview of what happened during harvest!
We started harvest on September 21st with 4.78 tons of Grenache that went to a local Paso Robles winery for a Red Blend.
Grenache fruit, ready to go!
Next up was 29.12 tons of Syrah, harvested on September 24th, and trucked down to a winery in Santa Barbara, followed by 3.45 tons of Syrah for Record Family Wines on September 25th.
Syrah vines ready for harvest!
The majority of Merlot was harvested for a local Paso Robles winery with 72.78 tons on October 3rd, and 7.47 tons on October 12th.
Merlot grapes headed to the winery!
We harvested 7.26 tons of Grenache for Record Family Wines on October 9th. In addition to using the Grenache in Randy’s Red, we also have another release planned using the 2012 Grenache grapes that will be perfect for summer!
We wrapped up harvest on October 18th, with the remaining 5.03 tons of Merlot for Record Family Wines.
2012 Harvest Results:
Merlot – 85.28 tons
Syrah – 32.57 tons
Grenache – 12.04 tons
TOTAL – 129.89 tons of which 15.74 tons are for Record Family Wines
Fall is right around the corner, which means harvest is too! We spent the long weekend up in Paso, here are a few pics of the vineyard. Canopies are well-developed, grapes are rapidly ripening, and some work was done on the 30 acres we are going to plant next Spring. Next vineyard update will be of harvest!
Syrah vines soaking in the last of the day’s sun.
Syrah grapes will be the first to be harvested.
Young Viognier vines. Just a few more years until we harvest these!
Merlot vines. We mark the vines we plan to hold back for Record Family Wines with white tape.
If you look close, you can see a “scarecrow” in the vines. Scaring the dangerous starlings from destroying the vulnerable grape clusters!
Ripe Merlot clusters. Just a few more weeks until the sugar content is high enough to harvest!
Randy clearing trees in preparation for the 30 acre planting next Spring.
Watching the sun go down on our last night of the long weekend!
How did you celebrate Labor Day Weekend?