"The grapes are ripening well, and we should finish Nov. 3 or 4th. Sugars are not high, but balance and flavors are excellent.
It may be the best Zinfandel year in recent memory!!!
Alcohols will be under or near 14%. The Zin crop is averaging ~40% of normal, with some of our best vineyards 25% of normal. Because of the small crop and loose bunches, bunch rot did not develop after the rains.
We just picked Barbera with a normal crop and excellent numbers. Sangiovese was harvested on the weekend, and is in good condition, and that crop was about 25% above normal.
The weather at bloom time this spring seemed to be the determining factor.
Cabernet is the only grape still hanging right now, and we are not sure what day we will pick.
More about Shenandoah Vineyards & Sobon Estate Wines (from the website):
Visit them at 14430 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, CA 95669.