Harvest 2008

Winemaker Heidi Barrett gives a recap of the 2008 harvest, says 2007 turning out to be ‘magnificent vintage’

The latest video installment from our friends at Adopt-a-Grape is here. In this one, winemaker Heidi Barrett gives a recap of the unusual growing season that has just passed. It was a year that saw Mother Nature throw several curve-balls to local farmers, with late Spring frost leading to some 35-40% lower yields across most […]

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‘Grape yields are down approximately 40%’–thoughts on Harvest 2008 from Anna Monticelli, winemaker at Piña Napa Valley

What a difference a year makes. Late last September we caught up with Piña Napa Valley winemaker Anna Monticelli, who told us about the 2007 growing season, fruit quality and picking times. Fast forward to November 2008 and we’ve got quite an interesting update from Monticelli. She echos what we’ve heard from several other local […]

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Did Spring Mountain Vineyard get its fruit in before last week’s rain?

As you know, we’ve been getting regular updates from the folks at Spring Mountain Vineyard as they’ve gone through the 2008 harvest season. From our first report way back in mid-to-late August all the way through the month of October we’ve hopefully provided you with a glimpse into the process of making wine from the […]

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Napa Valley harvest 2008: reds coming in, low yields overall due to Mother Nature

Over the weekend we checked-in with our friends at Spring Mountain Vineyard to see how the 2008 harvest was shaping up. Read on for an interesting update from winemaker Jac Cole, who talks about the general impact of the lack of rain this past winter, the early springtime frost and much more… We have stated […]

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Harvest 2008: an update from the cellar at Spring Mountain Vineyard

Late last week we told you about the latest from the vines at Spring Mountain Vineyard. Over the weekend we heard from winemaker Jac Cole about what’s going on in the cellar, here’s the update: All the barrel lots of Sauvignon Blanc are very near or at the end of their fermentations; we don’t encourage […]

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Harvest 2008 update from Spring Mountain Vineyard–pending rain edition

As we sit here writing this, the air is warm and the skies are dark and gloomy. Rain is in the forecast for this evening and all day tomorrow, making many winemakers quite nervous as many still have quite a bit of fruit on the vines. Our friends up at Spring Mountain Vineyard checked in […]

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2008 harvest slightly less than 10% complete at Spring Mountain Vineyard

In the fourth installment of our weekly harvest updates from Spring Mountain Vineyard we get a general update on where things stand as of the last full week in September. In general, it seems as though 2008 is providing lower overall yields and high quality fruit, which makes those in the industry happy. Here are […]

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