Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Frog's Tooth Vineyards (Calaveras County) Harvest Report: "good fruit, lower yields"

Gary Grant,  winemaker at Frog’s Tooth Vineyards, Farmington (Calaveras County, in the Sierra Foothills region of California)  reports good quality fruit to date, lower yields, and harvest “a bit late”:

"Harvest seems to be running slightly behind again this year.  Our first harvest of the year was our estate Sauvignon Blanc on 8/28.  Weather effected crop yields and the Sauvignon Blanc was down by about one-third. Fruit quality was excellent. Acids and pH were in line and the flavors were outstanding.

We have also pressed 6 tons of Torrontes from Silvaspoon Vineyards in Alta Mesa on 9/13.  The overall quality of the fruit was good.  According Ron Silva, the yield this year was also down from previous years.

2.27 tons of Semillon from Chatom Vineyards was pressed on 9/20.  Fruit quality and flavors were very good.  TA was down and an acid addition was required.

Next up was our estate Viognier on 9/22.  Crop yield was disappointing, weather related issues being the culprit, but the remaining fruit was very nice. 

On 9/28, we pressed Sauvignon Blanc from Chatom Vineyards.  Once again, fruit quality was excellent. High yield of juice (180+ gallons/ton). 

Our first red fruit, our estate Grenache and estate Petite Sirah, we are harvesting this week and watching the rain forecasts closely."

About Frog’s Tooth Vineyards, from their website (
"Our Story...
Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a valley known more for cattle ranching than vineyards, our story begins. 

It was the Winter of 1999 when Frog's Tooth Vineyards began its life as a tadpole with the purchase of 67 acres of land in the Salt Springs Valley of Calaveras County.

It slowly grew through infancy until the Spring of 2003 when it began its transition to adolecence with the planting of approximately 10 acres of premium wine grapes.

Frog's Tooth Vineyards entered young froghood in 2005 when we crushed fruit for what would become our first vintage wine. Our transition continued with the opening of our Tasting Room in Murphys, California in the Fall of 2007 followed by the completion of our winery building at the end of 2008. "
Frog's Tooth Vineyards Tasting Room is now open daily at 380 Main Street in Murphy's, right off Main Street, behind Murphy’s Grill.

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