October 11, 2013

Sonoma County Harvest Nearly Complete

            Workers in Sonoma County Harvest the 2013 Bounty.
Source: Balletto Vineyards
Sonoma County’s 2013 harvest season has turned the corner and headed down the home stretch.  Current reports are showing that the region is approximately 85%-90% complete, with mostly Zinfandel and some Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Pinot Noir, and Syrah still on the vines.

Winegrowers anticipate harvest finishing up within the next week or two, which would put this year’s harvest about 3 weeks ahead of schedule compared to previous vintages.

Reports from winemakers and winegrowers about fruit quality continue to be positive, despite the recent rainstorm that had minimal influence on picking schedules and was characterized by one winegrower as “washing off the dust on the leaves.”  In fact, several regions around Sonoma County reported that the rain storm was accompanied by some high winds that helped dry out moisture.  

This year’s grape crop continues to come in at average to above-average size with excellent flavor profiles that are lush, balanced, and consistent. Overall, winegrowers and winemakers are thrilled about this year’s harvest and the potential of these 2013 wines.

Source: We Are Sonoma County

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