Thursday, July 23, 2009

Purple Pushes North

Jon Ruel at Trefethen Family Vineyards in Oak Knoll District sent this report today: "For the early varieties, it's always a race between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This year, just as other areas are reporting, we're seeing Pinot a bit ahead of the Chardonnay. This block of clone 115 Pinot is about 40% colored up. We're skipping irrigation this week as the weather is mild and a little stress might help speed the ripening."

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