For the remainder of summer and into fall, J. Lohr Viticulturist Anji Perry will be with us on Wine Lohr, documenting the progress of our Paso Robles vines as we prepare for harvest.Image

Anji in Snowden Vineyard, Paso Robles AVA

It’s the height of summer, and right now we’re focusing on our irrigation regime in our Paso Robles vineyards. 2010 was the coolest vintage in a decade here, and so far in 2011 it’s been even cooler. This is excellent news for color development and vine health, but can bring unwanted green and herbal notes to Bordeaux varieties if irrigation is not restricted to the necessary minimum. In controlling irrigation, our goals are to stop vine growth, to manage our watering to control berry size, and to burn off some basal leaves (the lowest leaves on the shoot) to get just the right amount of sunlight on the clusters.

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To “burn off” basal leaves, we impose a level of water stress that causes
the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

For the most part, we’re still awaiting the onset of ripening, which is a few weeks later this year. But this week, in our Snowden Vineyard, Red Winemaker Steve Peck noticed the very first signs of veraison on our Cabernet Sauvignon vines. He snapped a photo so we could give you a close up view.

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The first signs of ripening (veraison) in Paso

Stay tuned through the rest of summer for weekly J. Lohr vineyard snapshots!

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