2010 harvest was, literally, for the birds - or would have been without Ron's faithful patrol.
No wonder the birds wanted these glorious clusters!
Daughter Rebecca bringing down clusters for sampling - we want the Brix (sugar) between 22 and 24 percent.
2010 and ready for harvest - that coastal fog is what makes this valley ideal Pinot Noir country.
And so the picking begins.
We harvest ~ 52 tons. A 24" tote holds 800 pounds of fruit so it takes roughly 130 totes of fruit to complete harvest. The buckets that the pickers use hold 34 pounds - it takes a lot of 34 lb buckets to get to 130 totes and 52 tons.
Happy farmers - Ron and Ignacio.
Our daughter, Rebecca, with our 2011 Riesling.
Cowboy Mike has bottling down to perfection.