Archive for September, 2009

September

September 16th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

This is a great time of year. The air is fresh and cool. The leaves are just starting to turn reflecting that fall is on the way.

Sugar levels in the grapes are rising and we are preparing for picking the first lot of grapes in a few weeks.

The guests are enjoying walks around the vineyard, tasting the grapes and the blackberries that are in their prime.

Watching the hawks soar overhead. And the occasional shower starting to sprinkle the valley floor.!cid_D9ED7B700ECD11D8A66D806C2135AAAC@picturecd1

Six more weeks!

September 11th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

grapes2 Even though we are a few more weeks of weather before we begin harvest, you just have to love how good the fruit looks right now, Dense, large, heavy clusters. The fruit is showing some flavors, sugar, and tannins.

The warmer weather this week will advance maturity a little. It is a very exciting time up on Youngberg Hill.

Bird's Eye View

September 10th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

farm This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago for us to view the vineyard relative to vigor, color, and health. The vines are doing great and the weather continues to be just right.

The fruit is at about 17 1/2 brix right now. Based on current weather patterns, we will suspect to harvest mid- October at about 23 brix.

We may take off a little more fruit before then.

The guests are enjoying walking the vineyard and tasting the grapes.

Happy Labor Day!

September 7th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

We were blessed with a little rain this weekend to help the vines. No damage.

The winds blew in to blow the clouds away for sunshine over two weddings.

Wine tasting all day today.

All is well on Youngberg Hill.

Cheers!

A Busy Week

September 4th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey

gliderWe had guest dropping in from many different ways this week. No, by glider was not one of them. This was just a fly by. Howeever, we did have many wine tasters drop in by car, limo, plane and even a helicopter land on the Hill to taste the wines and savor the outstanding views up here on Youngberg Hill.

We’ve had many wonderful guests again this week including another couple from Minnesota.But our furthest traveler was again from Germany.

We were working in the vineyard again this week cutting off fruit after veraison (color change). This is the third cropping and should put us close to harvest targets. I don’t know of many crops that you cut over half the fruit off to reduce yield in order to achieve the quality of fruit (and therefore the wine) that we are striving for.

It’s tough sometimes to see all that fruit laying on the ground. But at least it also has a good cause in putting nutrients back into the soil.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone!