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August, 2015

Harvest is just around the corner. We are currently preparing the vineyard for the big event. Our last weed mitigation was completed and mowing continues in the rows due to the significant amount of rain received to date.

Over eight inches in July which is above average for the month. Our record was 13 inches in July 2008. We recently “green harvested” which is dropping un-ripened grapes due to the heavy crop load.

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The LDV cluster inventory that was done after full fruit set estimated up to 10 tons per acre of Viognier fruit. Our goal is about half of that so half of the crop had to be removed. It makes you sick to work so hard to reach the point where you have a great crop and then need to cut off. It is better to have a great crop and cut it off then to not have a crop at all. LDV also green harvested Grenache and Petite Sirah this year.

Veraison is when the sugar levels start to rise causing the grape to change in color and is almost complete. This change is most evident in the red grapes changing them from green to purple but the white grapes also change to a more yellowish color. Veraison started in the middle of July which was about 10 days early.

Sugar testing has begun in the Viognier. LDV tends to get sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons due to weather off the Chiricahua Mountains. This makes sugar testing tricky. The grapes on the east side (facing toward the mountains) of the plant tend to be riper than those on the west side of the plants. As we test the sugar we have to determine the differential in brix level between the east and west facing fruit. This will help us determine whether we are going to pick fruit from both sides of the plant and blend it together or just pick one side of the plant at one time. This is the first year I am contemplating picking one side of the plant because we have always picked the entire plant in the past and blended the fruit.

Fortunately, unlike some of the vineyards in the area, LDV has avoided major pest problems this growing season. Many vineyards have had beetles and skeltinizer bugs that have been eating leaves. Without leaves the grapes do not ripen. The bird guards that screech horrific birds of prey sounds are running dawn to dusk in the vineyard. This method still works at LDV to keep birds from eating too many of our grapes.

The balance of the growing season has been spent managing the canopy and ensuring the vineyard has enough nutrients to finish the crop successfully. We apply nutrients in combination by injecting them into the irrigation system and also applying topically to the leaves nutrients that are best absorbed this way. Also a fungicide program was implemented at LDV to help avoid bunch rot as the rainy season continues.

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