I love the smell in the winery right now; baby wine all fruity and lively as it goes to barrel. I pull out the bung allowing all the wonderful aromas to leap out and then I stick in the “thief” to steal a taste. Following the wines evolution is such a tough job, but someone has to do it!
In the vinyard, the air is crisp and moist. The fog swirls around me. The vines are bare and stark with short canes sticking out at strange uniform angles.
These vines do not have some kind of blight, rather they have been pre-pruned. All the leaves now gone; the wild canes, once controlled by trellis wires, have been cut to about 2 ft. This early “haircut” supports the health of the vine while preparing it for the focused decisions made during the final pruning…The 2011 season has begun.