Steady as she goes! This week’s sunny but cooler weather, coupled with ample watering, have allowed the grapes to make steady progress toward ripeness without a spike in sugars. We are beginning to see shrivel in some bunches in both vineyards, but this remains the exception rather than the rule, and some of those bunches were included in this week’s sample. It looks to us like this weekend would be too early for the primitivo for most of our clients’ preferences, but next weekend looks promising. The barbera remain on track for early-mid September. We plan to take the next reading next Thursday or Friday.