Lots of water

March 30, 2012




It hasn’t rained again for the last 48 hours or so, but the ground is still completely saturated.

The lowest point on the property is in the China Bowl block. This area is being budded over to Grenache in a few months, and there are a number of holes in the vineyard rows where we took dirt to bury our benchgrafts a few weeks ago. As you can see, the water table is high enough that the holes we dug are completely filled. This is a very good thing for the T-budding project, it means these vines will be able to grow very quickly and powerfully in the early part of the season.

There is enough water in the ground that we even have temporary streams forming in some spots.

This near the top of the China Bowl, the water you can see on the ground is actually running over the surface, making it's way all the way down through the vineyard and pooling near the rock wall.

After such a dry winter we’re ecstatic to have all this rain, it’s really going to help us establish the canopy we’ll need in the summer. Short term, all the mud is keeping us from getting the tractor out and continuing to flail mow (this will actually be good in terms of soil building, the remaining cover crops will grow like crazy with all this water and create more organic matter to put back in the ground), so we’ve been focusing on cellar work at the winery this week.

First we did our monthly topping round. Since we've bottled the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Zinfandel, and the 2010 Petite Sirah, it was less work this time than it has been in recent months.

We also took advantage of the lull in vineyard work to give our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon lots one final splash rack.

Today we are racking all of the 2011 Cab lots to separate tanks and then splashing them through a copper screen as we put them back down to barrel. This is a good opportunity for us to taste through all of the lots and see how they're shaping up.

The rain will probably let up in a week or two, and then it will be back off to the vineyards to keep mowing the cover crops!

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