Even though it seems it’s been a cooler summer than usual so far, we still have August and that can be a scorcher. The grapes are ready! They are already starting to turn and producing so many bunches, we’ve had to thin them. Last year, we dropped fifty percent of the fruit before harvest just to give the young vines a chance to toughen up. This year, we’ve done the same thing and you’d never know it. Once I get over the wonder of our harvest, I start to get intimidated by the prospect of getting it all picked and trucked down to the crush pad. Not to mention the tedious work of dropping them bunch by bunch into the crusher/destemmer. A job that falls to me. And even bunch by bunch, moving several tons of grapes is…well…as difficult as moving several tons of grapes.
But for now, in the early stages of ripening, I can just wander the vineyards marveling at the wonder of it all.
Look how fat and juicy these Cabernet grapes are:
Meanwhile, Oscar has taken his eye off the ball. He’s supposed to be guarding the grapes against the “little foxes that spoil the vines”.