Thursday, October 11, 2012

2012 Harvest Update

We are here, waiting in the last weeks before harvest, watching the weather. The various vineyards weathered the only real hot spell last week beautifully and we are now seeing distinctly ripe flavors and tannins develop as a result. The heat was followed by mild days allowing the vines to recover, and they are now cruising toward the end of the season. We haven’t picked any Cabernet yet, but expect we might see Merlot from the western hills by the end of next week. At this point, the grapes are sweet, skin tannins are ripe and smooth, seeds are still ripening and flavors are coming along nicely. It looks in many ways like the ‘97 vintage, but only time will tell.
--Tim Milos

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