Vineyard Update 7-31-06

As July comes to an end, the return of normal summer temperatures seems almost like autumn when contrasted to the blast furnace that was the prior two weeks…we remember again why we live here!  Veraison in the primitivo vineyard is now broadly underway, and as expected the barbera has started veraison in the last several days.   Fruit dropping to meet yield targets is now happening in earnest in the barbera vineyard, whereas the more severe winter pruning and the natural ability of primitivo to better self-regulate yield leaves us with with less work to do in that vineyard.  Further fine-tuning of the harvest windows may be possible by the next update.