Harvest at Dyer Vineyard was successfully concluded on Monday, Oct 26th.
A trouble free and relatively mild growing season with few days topping 90, let alone 100, came to a screeching halt when 4 in of rain fell on Oct 12, followed by 5 days of high humidity threatened the vineyards with botrytis and mold infections. We pulled leaves from the fruit zone to help dry out the clusters and finally picked the Cab Franc at Dyer and some of the Cabernet on Sunday 10/18. The next week turned fine and we were able to gain a little more ripeness before harvesting the balance of the vineyard on Oct 26. This was a year when ripeness can't be measured by sugar accumulation...
Below is a weekly blow by blow of the harvest as reported district by district in the local paper.
09/07 Ideal growing conditions
09/14 After the Rain
09/21 Growers worry about heat spikes
09/28 Harvest begins in earnest
10/05 Cabernet being picked in most districts
10/12 Some Cabernet growers wait for rain to subside
10/19 Drying out remaining grapes
10/26 Harvest at DYER!!!
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