Aug 2011

August.

Veraison. 

So, there I was…helping my friends at Ramey Cellars unload 158 barrels in early August as they prepared for the 2011 harvest. This is about the time I really started getting excited and knew I had to get back into the winemaking/internship arena!

1ST WEEK OF AUGUST. HERE YOU HAVE VERAISON AND SHATTER, UNEVEN BERRY GROWTH IN THE CLUSTERS

Veraison:  The red varietals start to turn from green berries to red, the white varietals get a little yellower. The berries begin the ripening stage where the sugar content goes up and the malic acid decreases (here is the wiki definition if you want to get more depth).

As you browse the pictures (click for better view), take note of how fast and how the different varietals ripen: i.e., the Zin ahead of the Cab, the Valley floor ahead of the Mountain fruit (Chappellet, Pritchard Hill), the Russian River fruit ahead of the cool Sonoma Coast.

CHAPPELLET CAB, THE ONLY CLUSTER I COULD FIND THAT HAD STARTED AUG 09

OVID WINERY ON PRITCHARD HILL A WEEK LATER, AUG 16, NEAR CHAPPELLET

ALEXANDER VALLEY CAB AUG 18

EHLERS IN ST HELENA , NAPA VALLEY ON AUG 20

NALLE ZIN ON DRY CREEK RD AUG 21...

...COMPARED TO SOME GNARLY OLD VINE ZIN IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ON THE SAME DAY

The three Pinot Noir pictures below really emphasize the difference of ripening by site. These three pictures were taken on the same day in late August.

PORTER CREEK'S FIONA HILL PINOT NOIR

SCHERRER'S PLATT BLOCK 6 PINOT NOIR

WILLIAMS SELYEM RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR

158 RAMEY NEW OAK BBLS FOR 2011 GOT ME BACK ON MY PATH

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