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Yorkville Cellars 2015 Vintage Report

Edward Wallo checks in from Yorkville Cellars in the Mendocino Highlands with a note that the 2015 harvest was set to start before the end of September, the earliest on record at the estate.

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Yorkville Cellars 2015 Vintage Report: 9.9.2015

Edward checks in from Yorkville, CA  –
Here are a few photo’s from yesterday’s harvest, our earliest ever.
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Sauvignon Blanc in the Randle Hill Block.

Among our eight grape varietals Sauvignon Blanc is almost always first.

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Fingers crossed on this one as the flavors are terrific – very exciting!

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We’re going to call this “Donald’s Vintage” as today is Deborah’s father’s 91st birthday.  We named the vineyard Randle Hill Vineyard nearly 3 decades ago after him and his family (two daughters, so no male to pass the name on).
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Yorkville Cellars 2015 Vintage Report: 9.8.2015

Edward Wallo reports from the Yorkville Highlands:
Well, it warmed up quite a bit here again – 100 degrees today. We take Brix and pH figures every other day.
In the Crushing picture you can see me using a high-tech method. Actually the 2×4 crusher has been in use for over 15 years and is now quite special to us. I even think we should give it a name as its part of the team.
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Crushing a batch of red grapes with the most modern of winemaking tools.

We then use a small hand press to get the juice sample for lab work.
Over the decades I’ve seen other winemakers use all sorts of techniques:  Some just walk the vineyard and sample some berries. Some randomly pick enough berries to fill a sandwich baggie and use that. In an attempt for more accuracy we’ve grown comfortable doing our best to randomly pick at least 20 clusters out of a block (usually 1 –2 acres) and use our admittedly old fashion method of juicing. Bottom line they’re just figures. We go far more on taste and seed maturity as we make the all important decisions as to when to pick each of our blocks of our eight grape varietals. Having eight Bordeaux varietals is an advantage as they tend to ripen over a longer time period allowing winery time in between new loads.
We’ll have our first pick tomorrow, Sept 9th, breaking last year’s record of the earliest ever.
Sauvignon Blanc!
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Edward Wallo pressing test batches of Sauvignon Blanc at Yorkville.

 

Yorkville Cellars 2015 Vintage Report: 9.2.2015

The heat backed off, which is good to have Brix building slower

Usually we have 90 degree days in early September. So things have slipped a week. Whereas I thought we’d start late this week it will likely be next.

Organic Sauvignon Blanc from Yorkville Cellars

Harvest 2015 – set to be the earliest on record

 

Organically Grown Sauvignon Blanc

Destined for Elanor?

 

Mendocino Harvest weather 2015

Because we’re growing organically up in the bench lands above 1,000 ft. our S.B. Median start day is the 3rd week of Sept. Last year’s Sep 10th beat the year before’s Sep 14th as the earliest. If we pick by next Wed. it will Sep 9th and yet another record.

The sexy side of winemaking.

The sexy side of winemaking.

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