Driving into work this morning under the dark, pre-dawn skies, you wouldn’t think I’d be able to discern the fact that we are smack in the middle of the annual grape harvest in these parts. However, the experience this morning was quite the contrary. Harvest time in the valley is truly an experience for all the senses.
Upon stepping out the front door, I immediately smelled the wonderful scent of fermenting grapes. Some like the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, but I’ll tell ya, I wouldn’t trade that heavenly smell of soon-to-be barreled poetry for anything. When you couple the amazing smell with the cool, crisp, pre-sunrise air that hit my face, you’ve got yourself quite the wake-up call.
As I made my way past Domaine Carneros in the southern Napa County Carneros region, I was able to see my first bit of evidence that we are indeed in the middle of harvest season. On the hillside just to the north of Domaine Carneros were several clusters of bright lights hovering just above the vineyards. Workers were undoubtedly using the light to pluck the grapes from the vines before daybreak in an attempt to beat the heat.
Certainly it will be a few more years before we get to taste the wines being made from this year’s harvest, but if the other senses are any indication it’ll be well worth the wait.
Be sure to check out our full 2007 harvest coverage here.
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