Monday, October 12, 2009

The Latest Update On Harvest in the Willamette Valley

Everybody's scrambling to get as much fruit in before it starts raining tonight, but it's going to be a tough go. There are only so many skilled bodies around to pick. If push comes to shove, there will be some white grapes left out in the rain, but that's okay.  A little botrytis doesn't impact chardonnay and pinot gris in the negative way it does pinot noir, though it looks right now as though it's going to be next week before we get another dry spell.

There's been some reduction in yield from the generous estimates that resulted from the huge clusters - mostly due to dehydration - but there still seems to be a spotty shortage of fermenters.

What I saw and tasted yesterday looked really good, so let's see how things go in the cellar.  We may have another nice year for Oregon pinot noir.

Looking southeast from the deck at Bethel Heights.  It was a beautiful day!

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