Monday, September 12, 2011

Pescatore Vineyard & Winery (Newcastle/Placer County) - Harvest Report

David Wegner, Owner/Winemaker at Pescatore Vineyard & Winery, Newcastle (Placer County, sent this report on September 12, 2011:

"We will be harvesting our Syrah and Petite Sirah this Saturday. September 17th.  We have a great crop of Petite Sirah, large and very good quality, nice full clusters, great color.  Our Syrah is also very good, but we had four rows that had a fungus from the wet spring, so our crop will be down about 20%, but the rest looks great.  Sugar is running about 25.5 brix to 26. 

Our Zinfandel and Barbera look about 2 weeks out, and the Sauvignon blanc, our white, looks about 2 weeks out too. 

So, its going to be busy here!!  We use all our grapes in the winery, and we do not sell grapes."

The vineyard was planted in 1998, and Pescatore's first commercial harvest was in 2003.

Other information on Pescatore's vineyards, from their website:

Pescatore Vineyard is 5 acres and includes Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Barbera grapes. 

The Syrah and Petite Sirah are on south facing slopes, getting the full benefit of the warm/hot summers. 

The Zinfandel and Barbera are on an eastern slope that almost reaches the Auburn Ravine.  This slope benefits from cooler air from the ravine and the shadows of the afternoon.  This allows the fruit to hang a little longer and assures good balance between sugar and acid.

The vineyard's soil is decomposed granite, perfect for growing grapes, who love any soil but can't stand to be in flat water retention type soils.  We drip irrigate during the June - Sept. timeframe"

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