VENDEMMIA 2009 BEGINS!

Welcome to the first grapes of 2009…

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This is some lovely Sauvignon Blanc, freshly picked at about 8:15am Manzano-time. These are grapes from the famous “Petr” rental property we have. If you think this looks good, wait ’til we go and get his Friulano…

The vineyards were sun-drenched and cool, with a hint of a breeze. Very nice picking conditions…

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The fruit is really healthy and ripe, with nice acidity. I don’t have any numbers yet for the geeks, but I’ll post them when I get them.

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The picking team this year is a nice mix of folks from last year and some new, young faces…

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I said this last year (and it’s worth repeating) that picking isn’t just picking… Pickers need to know how to look at a bunch and get rid of anything that isn’t close to perfect. Here’s Greta picking…

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…And here’s Greta cleaning off the imperfect grapes…

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That’s the kind of vendemmiatricce you want. Someone who cares enough to do the job right.

The vendemmia has begun!

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