Flowering: Bloom to Fruit Set.
Down 15 in the 4th quarter, The Dallas Mavericks rally to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals! Ah, but I digress.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are usually some of the 1st varietals to bloom so they were affected by the late May/early June rains that interrupted this stage. Also, the warmer Alexander Valley fruit set was affected somewhat as well – The always uneven clusters of Zinfandel especially.
Nalle Winery vines two weeks apart.
A vineyard near Teldeschi in Dry Creek Valley. That beautiful day in February and then again in late June.
Here are some shots of a famous Russian River Pinot producer. June is a time of vigorous canopy growth.
Despite the early June rains, the weather warmed up by the middle of the month. The weather stayed dry and sunny for the next several months. Actually, quite perfect for us humans.
I moved over to Napa Valley for July and August. We’ll look at some of the vineyard shots from across the Mayacamas Mountains next.
ps – The Mavericks rode the momentum of that incredible Game 2 comeback to win The NBA Championship! I love Dirk Nowitzki.