|667 block at the highest part of Armstrong Vineyard|
In 2010, we had an early budbreak. Then cold, wet weather set in for April, May and June, pushing back the growing season several weeks. In the end, a nice October saved the day, just like in 2008.
This year, there was no early start. Just cold and wet, with a late budbreak and slow progress with the new shoots all through May. Now we find ourselves in a similar place to last year at this time. A few, perhaps several weeks behind in the growing season, weeks that are hard to make up.
But that's neither here nor there at this point. Look at these pictures. Armstrong looks great. Summer looms. There are months until harvest. And considering we picked here last year on October 8, at beautiful ripeness without excess sugars, perhaps I should be more excited about another perfect harvest?
It's not a winemaker's job to be overly optimistic, I guess. But amazing things always happen, no?
|Sandy, white soil on the higher part of the vineyard on Ribbon Ridge|
|Inflorescence - what will become flowers and then grape clusters|
|Steep east/west rows in the 667 block|
|North/South rows lower in the vineyard, in the Pommard block|
|Browner soil here in the lower section|