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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.

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2012 Harvest Data
11-Sep-12
Date Veriatal Vineyard Berry Weight Berry Diameter % Brown Seeds Brix pH TA
11-Sep CF-BLK 3 CCV 1.11 11.691 10 19.7 3.5 5.5
11-Sep PV BLK 2 CCV 1.16 12.326 25 23.9 3.4

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After 19 vintages of beautiful, high scoring artisan wines, I am excited about Tuesday’s Library Release. Club Members get first shot and their 15% Club Discount applies. There is still time to join.

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Since harvest is at least three weeks late this year, I have a bit of time to enjoy the hints of Fall and wonder about other aspects of our business…

What has surprised me, is the lower than expected interest in our Cabernet for Care Program.  We have offered our 2005 Estate Cab, a Parker 94pt wine, for half price with the other half going to the non-profit of your choice!  In other words, the customer gets the wine and the write off.  I thought this would be a brilliant way to raise charitable funds while also giving our customers an amazing deal.

With the needs so great, we allocated 200 cases to this program.  Its not like our wine isn’t selling.  The 2007 sold out in 3 months and the 2008 is perched to break that record. I really don’t get it.  Do you?

Alternatively, recession driven on-line “deals” continue.  It is always frustrating when the deal is unknowingly on our wine.  Oh well, people are doing what they can to attract business and make a little on each sale. But, if deals are what you are after, how about pairing one with a donation? I promise, both will … Read more

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Financial troubles have motivated some wine distributors, retailers and individuals to sell their wine inventory at extremely discounted prices.  Consequently, there are some very sweet deals out there.  This is good for wine lovers now, but it can cripple small artisan winemakers and have a negative impact on what will be available in the long term. 

 We appreciate all of our customers who have continued to support us and other artisan producers.  Together we are sustaining the art, the passion and the soul found in great wine.… Read more

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