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June, 2017

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As I write this, we are experiencing a freaky cold front and rain storm. We are holding our breath that no hail appears because the temperatures have dropped from 92 to 60 degrees today.

The vineyard has great fruit set and tremendous canopy development. Hail would not be good from this point forward in the growing season.

We just received our first of the vintage petiole sample (i.e., analysis of the tissue between the vine and leaves and offers tremendous amount of information about the plants health including any nutrient deficiencies).

Our sample revealed that the vines are in great shape although lacking a bit of iron and zinc. We will be spraying topically (i.e., onto the leaves) these trace elements next week to bring them to optimum levels.

Clusters are developing rapidly and we anticipate application of pre-bunch closure fungicide late in June. This inhibits bunch rot and mildew as clusters begin to ripen.

All indicators show that the vineyard is ahead of schedule (1-2 weeks) but weather and how the vineyard continues to evolve will dictate the harvest date.

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