Thursday, October 16, 2014

The stripper.

The harvest season is quickly coming to a close, so there is very little unpicked fruit left to be seen hanging around the Napa Valley.  TWWIAGE picked and processed their last fruit of 2014 on Tuesday.  In Vinoland only the Cabernet sauvignon is still hanging, but that's about to change come this Saturday.
As of today, the numbers on the Cabernet sauvignon were °Brix 25.8, pH 3.52 and TA 8.0, but since the decision to pick has already been made the numbers are sort of irrelevant.  The weather has turned quite autumnal and the vines have noticeably started to shut down.  I spent most of today pulling leaves, stripping the shoots of all basal leaves to help facilitate a quick and clean harvest.  And that's what I will be doing tomorrow also.

4 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: Gloves or calluses? :-)
Have you been tasting the 2011 Cabs, and if so, how do they compare with the vaunted 2010s?

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Gloves, lots of stuff to snag bare skin on.
Have had three 2011 Cabs thus far. Still early days, but so far, so good.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: "So far so good" is as a Catholic I know would say, popepitious ;-)

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Propitious? Always rosy :)