Harvest 2014 Update #13

September 25, 2014

“Harvest continues at a furious pace. We are trying to pick all of our more thin-skinned varieties like chardonnay and malbec before more rain falls on them. That said, light showers like what we had last week (and maybe this week too) don’t cause much trouble. Miner Family Winery is starting to pick cabernet sauvignon in Oakville this week. Miner’s winemaker, Stacy Vogel, says that this week is their busiest yet, probably the case in much of Oakville.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #11

September 16, 2014

“Harvest is in full swing up and down the valley. This week we are picking chardonnay and pinot grigio in our Oakville vineyard. This is probably the only pinot grigio/gris in Oakville. Red varieties are also getting picked in Oakville. Natalie Jure Buckland from Opus One says they are harvesting both merlot and cabernet sauvignon this week. However, the biggest weeks for Oakville cabernet sauvignon are yet to come.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #10

September 10, 2014

“A return to mild weather after last week’s heat spike has given wineries a chance to harvest mature grapes before overly ripe sugar levels get out of hand. In Oakville, we are harvesting chardonnay and merlot while cabs and other red varieties continue to mature. Most blocks of fruit are coming in one or two weeks ahead of normal schedule, setting up a very busy time in the next few weeks.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #8

September 3, 2014

“This week most wineries, Flora Springs included, are back in a more normal harvest mode, although many farther down valley have had to get creative to compensate for damaged barrels and equipment. Our thoughts are with you! In Oakville we will finish up our sauvignon blanc harvest this week, except for a little bit we’re saving for a late-harvest wine. Our current heat spike means ripening should get a little boost. Harvest for the other early varieties like merlot, chardonnay and pinot grigio is just around the corner.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest Update #7: Earthquake Edition

August 27, 2014

“This past weekend’s events ensured that the 2014 vintage will be especially memorable. I hope that in five years when I open a bottle of 2014 Oakville wine, I appreciate the wine for its merits and not dwell on the images of broken glass that jump to mind. All in all, the earthquake was more damaging to the 2013 vintage, whether in barrel or recently bottled. The vast majority of 2014 fruit is safe on the vine. That said, we continue to pick some really beautiful sauvignon blanc in Oakville. The mild weather is giving flavors and tannins (for red varieties) time to mature without sugars getting out of balance.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #6

August 21, 2014

“This week we began our harvest with Oakville sauvignon blanc. We are slightly ahead of where we were last year at this time and about 10 days ahead of average, if there is such a thing in farming. Other varieties are starting to sweeten up as well. Sauvignon blanc is typically the first still wine variety off the vine, but I have heard reports of some Oakville ranches picking their earliest merlot this week as well.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #5

August 18, 2014

And it begins!

“We have harvested grapes from our Oakville Crossroads Vineyard, Block H1 (Soliloquy Clone) into 1/2 ton picking bins – ready to go into press to be ‘whole cluster pressed’.”

— Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Flora Springs Harvest Oakville Crossroads Vineyard, Block H1 (Soliloquy Clone) 1/2 ton picking bins 2014

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Harvest 2014 Update #4

August 14, 2014

“Grapes have turned from a fluorescent green to yellow/gold – Indicating that harvest is just around the corner – Flavors are terrific – With this nice mid 80’s temperature, we should develop more flavor as well as lower the acid. These will be the first grapes we pick.”

Harvest Update 2014 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc “Soliloquy” Clone
Sauvignon Blanc in Oakville “Soliloquy” Clone

“Many people may be surprised to realize that Pinot Grigio actually looks more like a red grape than a white grape – It’s actually more brown in color. These grapes are also in Oakville, and will be harvested just after the Sauvignon Blanc.”

Flora Springs Harvest 2014 Pinot Grigio in Oakville
Pinot Grigio in Oakville

“Some of our southern vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa are more prone to bird damage – You will see here, some netting that protects the fruit zone from the birds – We like our grapes, and I guess the birds do as well. While this protects the fruit, it requires much more effort to conduct work in the vineyard. Each time work needs to be conducted –Whether it be leafing, thinning fruit etc….The netting must be raised throughout the vineyard to access the fruit zone.”

— Winemaker Paul Steinauer

Flora Springs Vineyard Netting in Carneros Region Harvest 2014 bird protection
Our southern vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa
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