Spring Time in the Vineyards
2017 has been a record breaking year for rainfall in the Napa Valley. By April 1st, the shoots in our Carneros Chardonnay vineyard had reached six inches in length. Meanwhile, we had bud break in the Cabernet at our Oakville estate vineyard. Oakville rainfall for the year is at 39.73”. That is twice our normal.
Increased rainfall means higher nighttime temperatures and that means less chance of frost damage. The bad side of excessive rainfall is powdery mildew growth in the vineyard and too much vigor (when the vines have a lot of water they can produce too much green growth). At Vine Cliff, we will control the mildew and keep the vines thinned to keep them healthy.
Our mild temperatures this spring could lead to a hotter than normal summer and good fruit development. We are taking all the right steps to make our Vine Cliff Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes some of the best in the Napa Valley.