I was all set tonight to write about the harvest that finally started. I got to work early this morning to watch the picking and take some pictures. After I watched for about 20 minutes, I realized there was something more going on. The crop the vineyard workers were pulling for the wine was quite nice, however, the grapes left behind were another story.
I said in an earlier post that I wasn’t going to post pictures of the burned fruit, but I think some pictures will really bring everything home right now.
The grapes left behind are not just burned, but they are downright fried. It’s crazy how just two or three days of extreme heat can have these kind of effects. I’m just in awe and not really sure what to say about it.
What I’ve learned is that the heat literally dried out the stems causing the vines to shut off water to the grapes. Once that happened there was no turning back and the grapes would inevitably become raisins. Thankfully, this is not the case in all areas, but it did happen in many.
The other good news is that we are expected to get 7-10 days of warm (85-90 degrees) weather. Just what we need to give the grapes a final chance to increase the sugar levels. I’m still optimistic about the 2010 vintage, it’s just clearly going to be a much lighter crop in some areas.
More to come on the harvest (the good parts) in the next few days.