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The excitement of Harvest 2009!

Posted in Vineyard & Cellar Updates on October 1st, 2009

Night Harvest at the Crocker Estate

Night Harvest at the Crocker Estate

It’s been exciting here at C&S!

The first wave of Sauvignon Blanc has just barely finished its barrel fermentation and the final block of Sauvignon is looking great and should be ready within the next 7 days. The SB harvest was quite modest and though we would love to have a few more clusters, the flavors are exquisite. The whole Crocker & Starr team was sorting and making sure that this crush went as smooth as all the others before it. We were sticky for a while but it was fun!

The Malbec, Merlot 314 and the Goddess Franc are prepped and ready for picking. The crews start their night harvesting between 3 and 4am. It might seem early but it’s the best time to pick the grapes since the concentration is at its peak.

We have asked Pam about our Cabernet Sauvignon and it looks like the blocks will be picked as they mature. The target date for the old vines Cab block is October 10th, weather pending. Speaking of weather, holy cow! It could not have been hotter this past Saturday and Sunday with temperatures over 104F. The duration of the peak was longer than all heat spikes all summer long. The day following the hottest, was absolutely chilly with temperatures in the low 50’s and barely warming to the high 70’s with clear skies. The cool weather persists buying us lovely hang time. Looking for multiple early morning harvests over an extended period of time.

Please stay tuned as the season progresses. We’d love to know what you would like to read so keep your comments coming. That’s our update.

It’s almost time for the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon release. Check your email for the “Save The Date!”

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