Harvest is in Full Motion
What a year! The 2023 Vintage is almost in the history books and has proven to be one of the most peculiar yet bountiful growing seasons we’ve seen in nearly a decade. With California’s drought ending, Sonoma County remained remarkably cool through Summer as much of the country experienced record heat, moving the harvest season further into Fall than expected.
We are moving at full steam in the 2023 Harvest season in the beginning of October. Our vineyard and production teams are working diligently to bring fruit from around Sonoma County for crushing and fermentation. We started with Sauvignon Blanc in early September, which marked one of our latest starts to harvest season in more than five years. Driven by a wet winter, a late bud break in the Spring, and surprisingly mild Summer heat in the region, the 2023 vintage is getting a lot of love and a longer-than-usual time on the vines.
Our winemakers, Katie Madigan and Chris Louton, are happy with the fruit they’ve received from our Estate Vineyards and grower partners. The clusters are whole and plentiful; the sugars are just at their optimum levels and the overall outlook is that this will prove to be an exquisite vintage for some of our cool climate-loving varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Still a Ways to Go
At about 25% of the grapes harvested by the first week in October, there is still a ways to go for our team. We just started bringing in some of our red varieties and it’s rumored that we may even be harvesting some Cabernet Sauvignon in the weeks to come.
Some unexpected rain showers in late September paused vineyard activity sporadically, but 90+ heat spikes in October are helping the vines reach their optimal Brix levels, keeping harvest in full swing.