July 2011

July.

Fruit Set. Mostly.

Here are clusters from 3 different high-elevation areas of Napa Valley.

(click pictures for better detail)

CADE VINEYARD, HOWELL MTN. AVA, A COOLER AREA THAT STARTS AT 1400 FT

DAVID ARTHUR ON PRITCHARD HILL ABOVE ST HELENA. FRUIT SET IS FURTHER ALONG

SCHWEIGER IS ACROSS THE VALLEY IN THE SPRING MTN DISTRICT

Spring Mountain on the Northwest side of the Valley, Mayacamas Mountain Range

SCHWEIGER ON SPRING MTN LOOKING EAST TOWARDS HOWELL MTN

and the other 2 in the Vaca Mountain Range on the East side of Napa Valley.

Pritchard Hill is above St. Helena, overlooking central Napa. 

SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM PRITCHARD HILL LOOKING WEST

Howell Mountain looks almost directly across the divide to Spring Mountain.

CADE ON HOWELL MTN LOOKING SOUTHWEST. VERY REMOTE

Interesting to note the progress of these later-ripening Bordeaux varietals. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel in Sonoma ripen earlier and are farther along.

SUMMERTIME AT LAKE HENNESSY JULY 2011

As a point of reference on early- and late-ripening fruit, I am writing this on October 7, 2011; Scherrer Winery has the majority of the Pinot Noir in the fermentors and all the Chardonnays.  But, we have not harvested any of our Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon. My good friends at Ramey Cellars have most of the Chardonnay in and none of their red Bordeaux varietals have been picked. All David’s Cabs come from Napa Valley.

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