This week’s blog post offers a final look at the Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring throughout the growing season. These grapes have been or will soon be harvested and transported to the winery.
We will continue to follow the grapes through the processing stage in this blog.
DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley: The weather is perfect for ripening. Cabernet in DuBrul Vineyard with 80s during the day, cooling down to the 50s at night. This allows for flavor development, acidity retention, and moderate sugar accumulation. We have already finished picking Chardonnay, and are picking Merlot, Syrah, and Riesling. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are the last varieties to be harvested in DuBrul. We usually pick these in mid-late October, although this year is a week or two earlier than normal.
Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley: Harvest planned September 18th. Last year we harvested this block on September 21st.
Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mtn, Yakima Valley: Numbers and flavors are there. Brix 25.5+. First pick is scheduled for Friday 9/19.
Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Soaking up the sun. Not scheduled to pick yet but it should be within the next couple of weeks. It’s getting close.