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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Harvest 2014 Update #3

August 12, 2014

“Oakville sauvignon blanc is getting sweeter by the day. Winemaker Paul Steinhauer…plans on harvesting some Oakville SB this month, if not this week. We also have a block of what might be the only pinot grigio in Oakville and it is also very near to ready. The pleasantly warm weather continues to be ideal for grape ripening. Things are shaping up nicely for a great harvest season.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #2

August 5, 2014

Oakville is currently pretty quiet, although the grapes are ripening at a furious pace, or at least that’s how it feels. Oakville sauvignon blanc will be picked first, and it should be early. We could start picking the week of Aug. 14, as early as we ever have, if not earlier. Overall, yields look good, for all varieties: not high nor low. Vines naturally set just about the right amount of fruit. Quality looks great.”

— Molly Hodgins, Flora Springs Viticulturist

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Harvest 2014 Update #1

July 13, 2014

“As veraison nears completion, and continued warm sunny days advance ripening we may see a start to the picking of the Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc fruit as early as the 3rd week in August.

We are very excited about the upcoming harvest. Barring any major heat spikes the warm weather should bring about even ripening, and intense fruit character throughout our vineyards.”

— Shaina Harding, Flora Springs Enologist

Enologist Shaina Harding pouring Trilogy at 2011 Release Party February 2, 2014
Enologist Shaina Harding Pours Trilogy to Guests at the 2011 Trilogy Release Party, February 2, 2014
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