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Vinny Aliperti
 
October 24, 2014 | Vinny Aliperti

Harvest Continues

The relatively dry and frost free conditions have allowed us to pick what is ripe and allow more time for the late season varieties to mature. This week we brought in the last of our Riesling, Ravat and Vidal Blanc, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot still hanging.  The weather next week is looking superb with temps in the 60's and 70's with full sunshine.  Perfect for our reds.  Our yields are good and the brix are right where we need them to be.

George helps the grapes into the crusher de-stemmerthe grapes go in to the crusherfrom the crusher to the binsbins to barrels

 

Time Posted: Oct 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Vinny Aliperti
 
September 24, 2014 | Vinny Aliperti

2014 Growing Season

Here's a quick recap of the 2014 growing season:
 

It all began after one of the coldest winters in years left many vineyards with significant bud damage but fortunately spared most of our grape vines. The cool weather continued into spring with bud break starting in early May.  Summer weather see-sawed from very short bursts of warm humid weather and storms, then followed by more comfortable, dry stretches, over and over.  August and September were drier but decidedly cool, especially at night, thus slowing down grape maturity.  As of today, we have only harvested a small amount of Pinot Gris, Cayuga and Foch.  Next week should see more Pinot Gris and the beginning of our Pinot Noir harvest.  So far the grapes continue to look great, so with just a bit more sun and patience we may have another great vintage on tap!

Time Posted: Sep 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM