The soft wool is giving way to pink-fringed leaf tips as Yakima Valley vineyards begin bud break. Many varieties of wine grapes are in various stages of bud break right now.
This week’s blog post offers a real-time visual of the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring during the growing season. Each of these vines are located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect what the plants currently look like and the brief write ups give narrative of what is happening now and what is expected to occur in the next days or weeks.
For more information on the vineyard site of each of these vineyards click here.
Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley: Monday, April 14th. Bud break is just beginning in the Cab block, with the photo of the 5-Vine selection showing that the burst will be in a day or two. Some of the vines in this block have 1 inch leaves.
DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Bud break is happening in Chardonnay, Riesling,
and Syrah, but Cabernet is a later varietal. We expect to see new green growth on this
Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley: Currently the vine is going through bud-break. A characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon is that it tends to be the last variety to go through this stage. Also at this time the block is getting its first drink of water of the season via drip irrigation.
Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley: While Sangiovese and Cab Franc are well into bud break, Cab Sauv takes a bit longer and is beginning bud swell. Bud break should occur within the next few weeks.
Copeland Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley: Spring is in full effect and full bud break has occurred in almost every variety with almost two inches of growth in some. This Cabernet vine at Copeland Vineyard is at full bud swell and will break any day while other vines in the same lock have just broken. We are finishing up our first irrigation of the season as well.