Primitivo on May 15, 2011. Young shoots come from buds left from pruning and almost nowhere else. Note grass browning out between rows, reflecting the loss of moisture from surface soil and the annual life cycle of our native grasses.
The “quinta” (Portugese varietal vineyard) on May 15, 2011. The trellised shoots are off to the races, and will benefit from the recent removal of a large tree to the south which in past seasons cast some shade plus aided and abetted irrigation-line chewing squirrels.