Thursday, September 26, 2013

On your marks.

This morning, a quick sugar-sampling of Vinoland's black grapes revealed °Brix of 24.4 for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and 24.2 for the Syrah (which surprised me a little).  They're almost neck and neck in the race to harvest which presents a small logistical problem in having to organise two, very close together picking days.  But 2013 has been another great year for growing grapes in the Napa Valley, so I'm not really complaining.
However, I think I may have a little bit of wiggle room; the acid in the Syrah needs to come down a little (otherwise the flavours are great); seed maturity is just a tad off (photograph); and the skins are only just beginning to give off good colour.  The Cabernet Sauvignon, although it has higher sugar than the Syrah at this point, is still showing a soupçon of unwanted herbaceousness about it and, at a push, could possibly hang in there for another two weeks.  Just, maybe.  At least all my feathered friends will be happy about the extended hang time in Vinoland.

6 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, nice close-up; Macro lens or rings, bellows, what is the method U used to get that close?

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Thanks, just a regular 18-55mm Nikkor lens. It looks a little fuzzy because I cut the grape with a serrated knife and there is a layer of pulp covering the seeds, but I do like that you can see the dorsal vascular bundle.

Thud said...

Yet again I miss another harvest...well pissed off.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Thud: http://www.memecenter.com/fun/1743391/pissed-off

Thud said...

Ha!

Vinogirl said...

Thud: Well, perhaps next year :)

NHW: Uncanny resemblance.