Monastrell picked before Albariño? Harvest starting in mid‐August? Another unusual harvest with, for me, an even shorter duration than last year. I'm writing this waiting for the Albariño to arrive from Jack Ranch in Edna Valley. I went and looked at it on Tuesday knowing it would be ready by the lab work indicating Brix, pH and TA (total acidity).
But it's 3 weeks early! A refrain I've been hearing all over the state this year. The last grapes for us — Tempranillo were picked on October 6. As of this morning (October 15th), 14 bins of it (about 13.5 tons) were fermenting in the barn, with Graciano waiting to go to press. The Bastardo is in barrel and Monastrell is settling in tank.
Although some of the yields were down from last year, most of the fruit looks of very high quality. I'm hoping for the 2014 harvest to produce rich, deep‐colored vintage‐quality wines!