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"While our cooler than normal spring delayed vine budbreak until late April, the recent warm May days have caught us up and the season is currently tracking with the long-term average GDD (Growing Degree Days) accumulation for this early stage. Our vineyard crew, led by Sadie Drury, has been busy tending to the vines, mowing, and providing mechanical (herbicide-free) weed control. The crop looks fruitful thus far and we are excited to be caring for the next vintage of stellar wines in the field!"
- L'Ecole Wine Club Team, 5/21/23
"Our 40th Harvest - That's a Wrap! You may recall the cool spring and early summer weather pushed the start of harvest back a couple of weeks from what we typically see in eastern Washington. Once underway, we enjoyed several glorious weeks of clear sunny days and cool nights, making for the ripening weather of a winemaker's dreams! These conditions allowed the grape’s brix to progress slowly, the flavors to intensify, and retain incredible acidity. In our 40 years of making wine, it was the best harvest weather we have seen."
- Marty Clubb Owner/Managing Winemaker, L’Ecole N° 41, Walla Walla, 11/20/22
“October at Alexander Valley Vineyards is filled with the sights and sounds of harvest. To date, we have brought in all of our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Primitivo grapes. As of today winemaker Kevin Hall reports we are about 80% finished with crushing grapes. The remaining Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Verdot will take about 4 more weeks!”
- AVV, October 2022 Newsletter
"An April cold spell is unusual but not unheard of in Amador, CA. However, on Monday night and early Tuesday morning (4/12/22), temperatures dropped significantly lower and for a significantly longer period of time than anyone anticipated. For vines that had faced near 90° weather the week prior, this extended cold snap (low to mid-20s) proved devastating."
- Vino Noceto, Amador, CA 4/14/22
"Winegrowers in Northern California, unlike - say - growers in Burgundy, Champagne, and the Loire Valley in France, are not used to dealing with April frost. Indeed, it's been said that there hasn't been a frost this bad since 1971 - almost twenty years before Noceto's first vintage."
- Tyler, Vino Noceto, 4/15/22
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