Was a characteristically foggy morning on 8/20, the sun just starting to make advances. Here’s a shot of the charming, unassuming Devoto sign. Looking north over Sebastopol from the 828 block on Gold Ridge. Weather’s been steady, grapes look great; since last week the median brix has risen 1 degree to 18.1. Am anticipating harvesting around 24 brix; flavors, weather, and pH will be other big considerations. (I don’t have a great way to measure TA in the field, but may also be taking samples in to the lab in SF). Next week Stan will be going through the block and dropping green clusters like those pictured here. He will likely be cutting the water to these guys in the next week or so. (This “deficit irrigation” approach is pretty standard for premium fruit). I’m not the only one enthused by this fruit; note the damage done by uninvited beaks on this cluster (which measured 20 brix — can the birds sense which clusters are sweeter?). Consequently, Stan’s begun putting reflective tape up to discourage birds, and is considering an investment in netting for next year.
Took the first of weekly field measurements through harvest at the Devoto Garden Vineyard on Thursday 8/13. I really need to take a better picture; this place is gorgeous, on the crest of Gold Ridge with sweeping views of Sebastopol and beyond. Veraison began about the beginning of August. Temperatures have been somewhat consistently in the 80’s during the day, 50’s at night. 90-95% of the berries have turned color. The median brix reading from berry samples throughout the 828 block was 17. Flavors are tart, young, tannic, but with darker cola bean notes and appreciable intensity.
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