September 19, 2016 | Wine Making | Aaron Walker
Harvest Notes from Winemaker Aaron Walker
Grapes have been coming in at a very steady pace for the last 5 weeks. We kicked off harvest by picking some Pinot Noir from our SRH estate vineyard for a sparkling wine program on August 10. Since then we have been seeing most of our Pinot Noir grapes ripen and some of our other white varietals from various vineyards throughout SBC. Up north, we have pulled in about 85 tons of Pinot Noir from our other estate vineyard in Sonoma.
As of Sept. 15, we are approximately 50% done with picking for the season. We still have a little more Pinot and Chard to bring in over the next week. As we get into late September/early October we are starting to pick our later ripening varietals - such as Cab Sauv, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Petite Sirah, etc - all for our Tower 15 label.
Weather has been very favorable for slow, steady ripening. We have not had any major heat waves (or wet, rainy weather) in the last 6 weeks. This has allowed us to pick grapes at just the right point of ripeness - Mother Nature has not been forcing us to pick too early, too late or in a rush - which is a dream.
-Pali Winemaker, Aaron Walker