2015 Harvest Predictions from The Experts

As the 2015 harvest is in full swing, and the earliest on record in many parts of California, we give you some insights into our clients’ views of its potential around the state. We even give you a sneak peek at the olive oil harvest in Southern California...read on.   

 Merlot clusters from Hourglass vineyards

Merlot clusters from Hourglass vineyards

 

Calistoga/St.Helena AVAs

Jeff Smith of Hourglass Wines discussed how his team just picked their merlot which marks the earliest red pick on record for the winery. Merlot tends to ripen earlier and its phenolic measurements are often a precursor to the quality and nature of the rest of the Bordeaux varieties at harvest. If the last week was any indication it will be one of the earliest harvests in years (or possibly ever) for Hourglass.

    Hallberg Ranch of Emeritus Vineyards

   Hallberg Ranch of Emeritus Vineyards

Russian River Valley AVA 

“The fruit is unbelievable, it is even better than the 2012 and 2013, which were both stellar years. The grapes are small which will make a more concentrated and intense wine, and though we had a heat wave at the beginning of our  harvest  the weather has cooled significantly which is extending our picking window and keeping sugar levels where we want them. Although our yields are very low due to shatter and the drought, our practice of dry farming has helped the vines ripen fruit in balance and at lower sugar levels. Overall, 2015 can be summed up as: less fruit, but very high quality.” -Mari Jones of Emeritus Vineyards

 

 Harvest means early mornings in the vineyards- CCA worked alongside Stephy Terrizi at the Broadside vineyard to help prep for the harvest

Harvest means early mornings in the vineyards- CCA worked alongside Stephy Terrizi at the Broadside vineyard to help prep for the harvest

Paso Robles AVA  

On the Central Coast we have small and sometimes shockingly small crop loads (one cluster per 10 vines).   Higher than normal winds in the spring led to shatter with many varieties and a lack of moisture didn't help. The result is early ripening and intense flavors. Extreme vigilance is required in the field to make sure that heat spikes don't push our fruit beyond balance. Hopefully we will get all our fruit in early and then the rains will wash over us and fill some of our local lakes.”-Brian Terrizzi of Broadside Wines

 

 Randall Grahm demonstrates punchdowns

Randall Grahm demonstrates punchdowns

Dooniverse

“Best words to describe '15  harvest: Apocalyptic and anomalous. Cabernet  is  being  harvested  before Chardonnay in the same vineyard; these are things that one has never seen before. And of course preternaturally early, undoubtedly the earliest on record for some regions. Areas like Santa Maria Valley that have traditionally been thought of as "cool," are being  harvested  on the order of 6 to 8 weeks earlier than they had been in the past. Truly weird.  Prediction: Those who have problems with cognitive dissonance and continue  to wait for "physiological ripeness" will see their grapes turn to raisins on the vine (and will likely be sorry.)   Or not.” -Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards

 

Temecula           

 Fresh off the press olive oil

Fresh off the press olive oil

“So far our  harvest  looks fantastic! The crop looks quite abundant and the quality is excellent. It is still a bit early as  harvest  gets into full swing in October but it does look like the fruit is ripening a bit early.  Keep in mind that our olive harvest  is a long-term campaign. Unlike most fruit we can  harvest  at our leisure creating a different style product based on time of  harvest.” -Thom Curry of Temecula Olive Oil Company


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