PRE HARVEST 2018 UPDATE

PRE HARVEST 2018 UPDATE
FROM VINE CLIFF WINEMAKER JOHN WILSON: IT SHOULD BE A GOOD YEAR!

Temperatures this growing season have been more moderate than some of the recent vintages and the forecast doesn’t look like it will stray from that.

So far we are tracking with 2012, which was a great year. After running baseline analysis on grape samples from our Carneros Chardonnays it appears we will begin picking the week of September 10th. A full three weeks later than 2017. In Oakville things are tracking more closely to 2017. Barring a record breaking heat wave we should begin picking red Bordeaux varieties the week of September 24th.

Veraison at Vine Cliff

Veraison at Oakville

Los Carneros Vineyard Summer 2018

Los Carneros Vineyard

Vine Cliff Oakville Estate Vineyards

Yields are looking much better than last year. We had great weather during bloom which translates to more flowers converting into berries. The ripening has been uniform so we required minimal fruit thinning at veraison.

These conditions are perfect for tannin and flavor development. It should be a good year!

John Wilson
Winemaker

John Wilson -Vine Cliff Winemaker

Vine Cliff Winemaker John Wilson after a recent inspection of the vineyards at Oakville Estate and at Los Carneros. “Really pleased with what we are witnessing before the 2018 Harvest.”