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"We brought in our last fruit of the 2021 season on October 19, with our Devil's Gulch Chardonnay and last old block of Devil's Gulch Pinot Noir wrapping things up for us. The next day, Mother Nature officially ended harvest for everyone in the area with the first of a series of rains, culminating in our big downpour and crazy winds this weekend. Over the 24-hour period from Saturday night to Sunday night, most of Sonoma County clocked in over 7 inches — in many places, it was nearly as much as we received for the entire 2021 rain season! Today as we write this, the sky is a sparkly blue, and the small lakes created over the weekend are starting to dry in the sun." - The crew at Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol, CA 10/26/21

“A bit about this growing year: we saw record heat in June, which set the stage for extremely low yields across the state. August and September cooled, giving us a beautiful hang time for the fruit to ripen. The combination of low yields and cool hang time provided exceptional concentration. We couldn’t be happier with the quality we are seeing and tasting so far. We can’t wait to share these wines with you in the future!" - Marty Clubb, Owner/Managing Winemaker and Marcus Rafanelli, Winemaker, L'Ecole, Walla Walla, 10/20/21

“We are on track for a normal ripening curve despite the current drought conditions. The environment and vineyard conditions are always top of mind for us to grow the best quality fruit possible. We’ve been stringent with water use and canopy management to ensure ideal ripening conditions. The resulting berries are small and intense, which bodes well for final wine quality. Harvest is here, which is always the busiest and most rewarding time of year for all the hard work we put into the vineyards.” - Kristi Melton, Winemaker, Freemark Abbey Winery, 9/16/2021

"As we begin harvest, drought conditions persist but we are in great shape for a fantastic vintage. All the early work the vineyard team has done is paying off. Our vines look healthy and well managed, and the fruit looks spectacular." - Steve Dutton, Dutton-Goldfield Vineyards 8/12/21

"The vines have been soaking up the sunshine and overall our 2021 crop looks fantastic. Veraison has started and as you walk through the vineyards you see a kaleidoscope of colors on the clusters. Each day the colors deepen and the hard green grapes begin to soften as they ripen.

Harvest will begin at the end of the month, ultimately the date will be determined by the grapes. In preparation for the many busy weeks ahead, we are finishing up bottling Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The winemaking team is prepping the crusher, press and pumps. We're making room for new barrels, the first load arrived last week and more are on the way." - August Newsletter, Alexander Valley Vineyards 8/2/21

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