On Memorial Day, 2013, Wes introduces you to the livestock at Clos pepe and how they help us grow grapes, and then takes a walk in the vineyard to continue discussion of the end of flowering and fruit set, and then a discussion of 2013 vintage so far.
Defining the 2013 Vintage through May:
- Late budbreak (April instead of March)
- Very dry soil, 6" of rainfall total, less than half of normal. Irrigating since December.
- Small but reasonable crop level. About 2 tons per acre in Pinot Noir and about 3 tons per acre in Chardonnay.
- Quick vegetative growth cycle and excellent canopy development for a shorter Spring growth cycle.
- Vines are showing very good flowering and fruit set.
- Year has been warm but windy.
- First year in nearly a decade with no frost damage to speak of (a few clusters and leaves scorched one night).
- Working through the first positioning run, then we’ll start pulling leaves: 0 leaf layers on East side, and 60% canopy gaps on west.