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Harvest Reports 2012

Stu’s final harvest report for the Spring Mountain District, for the week of November 1:

“Very little has changed since last week with only two Spring Mountain District producers with fruit still on the vines. Even with the Wednesday rain there should be little or no damage to the cabernet sauvignon that is still out. It was a wonderful harvest and we all expect a great vintage.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/lifestyles/harvest-report-napa-valley-mostly-finished-with-harvest/article_6a70b156-23bb-11e2-8d4f-001a4bcf887a.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of October 25:

“A wonderful harvest is over for almost all Spring Mountain wineries, but not all. A big push this past week brought in most of the remaining grapes, especially if tank space was available. Several vineyards will wait out the inch-plus rainfall that came early Monday and likely will not finish until early November.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-storm-prompts-busy-weekend/article_5495019a-1e41-11e2-9d7f-0019bb2963f4.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of October 18:

“It’s been another week of everyone doing their own thing on their own time. Some wineries are very busy picking this week, while others are taking it slow and waiting. Some are done and cleaning up while others are just beginning. If you’re high on the mountain your cabernet crop is down, if you’re closer to the valley your cabernet crop is up. The one commonality is the merlot crop is both large and late.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-merlot-crop-both-large-and-late/article_eecd4b8c-18ba-11e2-8fc3-001a4bcf887a.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of October 11:

“Many of the higher elevation wineries on SpringMountain are actively harvesting cabernet sauvignon and almost anything else that’s left on the vines. They are also anticipating the end of harvest later this week or early next week. However, Pride, York Creek, Guilliams and Sherwin will not finish until toward the end of October, as will the lower-elevation wineries that are still waiting on the cabernet sauvignon.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-cabernet-harvest-takes-off/article_e04261d8-1338-11e2-bc2f-0019bb2963f4.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of October 4:

“Barbara Richards of Paloma believes this may be the ‘best merlot crop in years’ — a common sentiment on the mountain. Also, the mountain is experiencing a small cabernet sauvignon crop with small clusters, small berries and intense color and flavors. After these two facts, the mountain is out of sync. Some wineries have finished, others haven’t started, some are harvesting cabernet before merlot while others are harvesting merlot before cabernet. Go figure!”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-heat-wave-boosts-sugar-levels/article_f9434d1c-0ddb-11e2-bb04-0019bb2963f4.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of September 27: “A completely normal harvest was just too good of a thought to last. Randy at Keenan thinks it’s become ‘a little backward.’ He’s letting his chardonnay and merlot play catch-up while he’s deep into harvesting cabernet sauvignon. He’s not alone. Andy Schweiger is in full swing harvesting his cabernet while we’re harvesting both cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. On the other hand, Cain just started on Sept. 17 with a few reds from young blocks, Terra Valentine will start their merlot and riesling later this week, maybe, and Guilliams and most others are waiting just a little bit longer.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-with-red-harvest-under-way-growers-monitor-sugar/article_12e072b2-0838-11e2-8149-0019bb2963f4.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of September 27: “It’s been a lovely and wonderful harvest so far — near perfection. By the end of this week, Stony Hill, Spring Mountain Winery and Smith-Madrone will have finished with white grapes, yet Keenan and Schweiger will not have started with their whites. Pinot noir seems to be the only red being harvested on the mountain. The reds are showing wonderful flavors at this early stage, but the main harvest of the mountain is still several weeks off.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-white-harvest-continues-reds-a-few-weeks-away/article_44b54dcc-02ba-11e2-92eb-001a4bcf887a.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of September 20: “Most of the wineries with white grapes expect to start later this week. Those that have harvested chardonnay have seen great chemistry in the grapes along with a substantial rebound in crop size from last year. For many of us, the cabernet sauvignon crop is appearing smaller than first thought.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-growers-harvest-whites-celebrate-good-weather/article_ef9b35da-fd38-11e1-9bda-001a4bcf887a.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of September 13: “The mountain is in a waiting mood. While mostly complete, there are still blocks of reds that have not finished veraison.” http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/article_e87a02ae-f7b1-11e1-a7fa-0019bb2963f4.html#.UEhYeu0VfxY.twitter

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of September 6, 2012: “With warmer weather, Spring Mountain Winery is harvesting some sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Stony Hill is getting in some chardonnay and Gewürztraminer and Smith-Madrone is also bringing in some chardonnay. Other than these small blocks, the mountain is in a waiting mood. While mostly complete, there are still blocks of reds that have not finished veraison.”

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Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of August 30, 2012: “Spring Mountain Winery may start harvest toward the end of this week with sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. However, the rest of the mountain is still waiting and enjoying this wonderful weather. The cabernet sauvignon and merlot are almost through veraison, while the cabernet franc is about 75 percent completed. Harvest appears to be running about a week later than ‘normal.’”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-growers-celebrate-perfect-ripening-weather/article_1226af92-f237-11e1-99d4-0019bb2963f4.html

Stu’s harvest report for the Spring Mountain District for the week of August 23, 2012: “It seems 2012 is ‘back to normal.’ Cabernet has an average crop, while merlot and cab franc are definitely larger, causing a fair amount of crop thinning. Cabernet sauvignon is about 50 percent through veraison while cab franc is below that. Harvest might start about a week later than normal.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/harvest-report-veraison-continues-early-harvest-expected/article_2319caec-ecc3-11e1-8437-0019bb2963f4.html