I had to share a few pictures that I grabbed while looking at the grapes at Floodgate the other day. The Pinot is through veraison (when the berries turn from green to purple) and The Gewurztraminer is almost there. In the Gewurz pictures you can see a few berries that are starting to take on a golden hue. These berries are already tasting quite sweet so I'm wondering if the Gewurz will be the first fruit in this year???? The crew has been through the vineyard and dropped any green clusters that were not going to catch up with the rest of the crop so things are quite uniform throughout the vineyard. You can see what they dropped in one photo and there were some sections of the vineyard that actually set enough fruit that we thinned it out a bit to separate clusters and balance the fruit load.
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