July 2, 2015 Vineyard Report

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The vineyard has continued to develop and mature at a record setting pace. On June 30th we had accumulated 1,360 growing degree days, GDD. We had 996 GDD on the same date last year. That is 37% increase in GDD than last year.

We began collecting our lag weights on June 29th as compared to July 14 last season. The vineyard is now more than two weeks ahead of normal development.

Machine leafing was completed on Friday June 26th and hand leafing will be completed early tomorrow July 3rd. We trim most blocks with a sickle trimmer. We started that operation on Monday June 29th. Our canopy size is slightly larger than normal because of the 1.4” inches of rain in mid-May. With the extensive heat the canopy has quite growing and looks very good.

We have broken 100 degrees now for 7 days in a row with a high of 111. It is forecast to stay above 100 degrees for another 5 days before dropping into the 90 on Wed. July 8th. The grapes have taken the high temperature very well. I think the larger than average cluster weights which I was predicted now should be quite normal. If the rest of the season just remains average harvest should begin in late August in the early varieties.