To pick or not to pick, that is the question. Who decides and how do they do it? At CC it is a detailed, group decision combining art and science. First there is the general visiual. Is verasion, or the coloring of the fruit, finished. Are the leaves in the fruiting zone, where the clusters hang, beginning to turn yellow. What direction are the upper leaves directed? Has plant growth stopped? Then the evaluation becomes more specific. Are the berries firm, but not hard, are the seeds dark brown and nutty does the juice give off a bit of color? The data below is the next info considered.
These readings, plus quite a few more, are taken once a week as harvest gets close and every other day as it gets closer. Yet, the final decision after all the science is done, comes down to the art of taste. Not a single grape will be picked until the flavors are just right.
|2012 Harvest Data|
|Date||Veriatal||Vineyard||Berry Weight||Berry Diameter||% Brown Seeds||Brix||pH||TA|
|11-Sep||PV BLK 2||CCV||1.16||12.326||25||23.9||3.4|