I think last week of September is possible depending on the varietal.This is interesting. The reports seem to confirm what you're saying. Yet our vendor tells us the grapes will be on the dock during the last week of September.
Most of the grapes in our order is grown in the Suisun Valley.
Can you and NorCal weigh in?
We got excellent large nylon sieves with pull strings from Amazon that we we able to load into our bladder press to reseive this oozy, pulpy Sunshine apple puree from a primary fermenter slightly fermenting i.e. Sg ~1.070 after starting at SG 1.089. The wasps loved it We must have killed 30 and one stung me near my elbow which I soaked in propylene glycol to extract the venom right after the sting. This is now all in glass carboys and will be racked and bentoniteed to remove protein when the SG gets to 1.030-1.040 probably in about 6 days.thank you. very helpful
later. Suisun is closer to the coast, I’m further inland. Starting to hear local vineyards talking about grapes coming off next week and the following two weeks. My front yard cab sauv is at 23 brix, so looking at next weekend.Cooler climate harvests earlier?
Dang that’s a bit earlier than I would have expected for cab, ours is not coming in till Octoberlater. Suisun is closer to the coast, I’m further inland. Starting to hear local vineyards talking about grapes coming off next week and the following two weeks. My front yard cab sauv is at 23 brix, so looking at next weekend.
The harvest date for cab was end of September in 2021 we had picked everything else by then so the fact that everything is this late this year is a bit crazy 2022 was awful nobody really got any decent fruit yields were down and a lot of wineries skipped 2022 as a wholeI’m getting cab out of Amador and it too will probably be early Oct.
Go for the juice! I’m picking up a Chardonnay juice out of Lodi in a few weeks. It made the best white I’ve ever made. PM me or give me a call if you want me to pick some up for you.Plans are coming into focus. Picking Syrah (400 pounds goal) on Wednesday 6 am, followed by a small amount of Grenache (150 pounds goal) for Rose. Then Saturday, picking Zinfandel/Primitivo (300 pound goal). Will likely have some Barbera near the end of the harvest season in October. It's looking good. I'm still failing on the white grapes!
Who is your supplier for California grapes?Took a while but I finally committed. 6 lugs Cab Sauv, 5 Zin and 4 PS plus 2 juice buckets of Sauv Blanc and one White Zin from California. For local I'm shooting for 300 lbs of Tannat and 200 lbs PV. I usually get my Cab Sauv grapes from S. Africa since I've never been disappointed. It doesn't do well in Virginia so Cali will be a new experience.
Another change of plans.
- 60 gallon barrel of Amador Cabernet Sauvignon, with a splash of Petit Verdot
- 60 gallon barrel of Lodi Chardonnay (Viognier not available this year)
- 60 gallon estate Syrah 65%/Zin 35% field blend
- 20 gallon estate Zin
I got so much more fruit from the vineyard than I expected...completely blown away as the fruit came off the vines by the bucket load. Instead of the expected 30 gallons from my vineyard, I will be getting 80! If you look close at the fruit in the bucket, you can see a stem with powdery mildew that I have been fighting in the vineyard.