Budbreak is finally underway in the Napa Valley

by TrevR on March 23, 2009

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Last night, as temperatures dipped into the upper 30′s here in the Napa Valley, the vineyard fans were humming. That’s because we have finally got some decent budbreak happening in the vineyards.

The buds are sprouting a bit later this year as a result of many vintners intentionally pruning the early budbreak varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.) several weeks later that normal. This was done due to the fact that we had very little by way of rain in the early-to-mid winter timeframe.

Here are a couple shots taken this past weekend in Carneros showing the new buds:

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It is an exciting time as it won’t be long before these buds mature and begin to produce the fruit that will be the 2009 harvest later this year.

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