Next steps for the Five-Vines of the Yakima Valley

This week’s blog post offers a look at the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring throughout the growing season. Each of these vines is located in a different meso climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect what the plants currently look like.

The next step in the development of these vines is known as veraison, a critical time in the vineyard’s life cycle. During veraison, the vineyard workers prune the canopy and excess grape clusters. At this stage, the grapes still taste sour and are immature.

For more information on the vineyard site of each of these vineyards click here.

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A Tempranillo cluster taken on Snipes Mtn. 7-14-2014

A Tempranillo cluster taken on Snipes Mtn. 7-14-2014

Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mtn, Yakima Valley: Cell division has ceased and the vines are through lag phase. (Lag phase is a two week period that occurs in the roughly eight week period between fruit set and veraison, where the clusters do not gain weight or size).  Starting to see some verason in Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Tinta Madeira, Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec.

Probably a week or two away from seeing it in Cabernet Sauvignon as it is one of the later varieties. We look to be at least a week ahead of last year and up to three weeks ahead of “normal.”

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Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley: Pea-sized berries, approaching bunch closure. Cluster count on vine: 28. Cluster size: Small. Harvest prediction: Late September.

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Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Dog days of summer.

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Portteus Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley: Fruit is still in the berry growth stage.

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DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley:  Catch wires are up on the morning side of the vine. Leaf stripping is in process in the fruiting zone to allow the sunlight on the clusters which ensures proper ripening.

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