Harvest 2011 begins next Tuesday!

September 16, 2011

After inspecting the Chardonnay out at the Belli ranch in the Russian River Valley, we’ve decided to schedule our first pick of 2011! The portion of the vineyard we’ve decided to start with is block 3, which starts at the top of the hill in the picture below, and continues down to the left.

Block 3 of the Belli Ranch Chardonnay

This block is planted to the Rued clone of Chardonnay, which is what is known as a ‘musque’ selection, meaning that it has a slight but distinctive muscat character to it. The fruit is tasting particularly nice, a little bit of minerality and pear flavor, with a pleasing note of tropical pineapple.

This is a good example of a Rued clone cluster, very small and the grapes are not too tightly packed together.

The crop in block 3 is extremely light this year (you can get a sense of that from the picture of the Rued cluster above), which is part of why it was the first to ripen. Since the earlier part of the season was so cool, the fruit has had a long hang time, and it is extremely physiologically mature. This means that the seeds and stems have lignified (turned brown and somewhat woody in texture). This is a sign that the grapes have reached a sort of maximum in flavor, which was also apparent from tasting the fruit during inspection.

Be sure to check back early next week as we bring in our first fruit of 2011, this is shaping up to be an exciting vintage!

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2 Responses to “Harvest 2011 begins next Tuesday!”

  1. Like to have you on the Radio Show!!! Good luck with Harvest

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