2012 East Coast Weather & Vintage Thread
Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:21 AM
2012 started balmy but our first artic blast is now upon us. Howling cold winds all night and continuing this morning. A 20 foot, 10 inch diameter sycamore limb came down over night and was blocking part of the road as I drove in earlier.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:15 AM
Snow this morning. Came in and left fast. About a half inch. 15F tonight. I'm heading south.
Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:27 AM
Snow is in tonight's forecast, possibly 1 to 2 inches. Sunny and in the mid 50's today.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:49 AM
I had a wonderful bottle of your 2009 Sauvignon Blanc tonight at Element.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:36 AM
We are almost finished pruning our young vineyard, a little over 1.5 acres of Cabernet to go. Then it's on to the old vineyard, 6 acres of open lyre. In the cellar we're cold stabilizing 3 wines to be bottled in March and about to begin blending trials of our 2011 reds. Just got building plans in the hands of a few prospective contractors. We're expanding the building this year, adding two 20 by 30 foot rooms, one below grade for fermenting and barrel aging reds and one above grade for tax paid case storage.
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It's beginning to look a lot like springtime!
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:23 AM
The last snow was only above 2600 feet. Below, all was green with leaves and above, white tipped mountain tops, weird looking. We've made 2 trips through all the varieties except CS shoot thinning. Currently making our first pass through the CS. All looks good. Weather is becoming more normal, some rainy days and some sunny days,70's/80's during the day and 50's/60's at night. Shoots are anywhere from 2 inches - CS, to 10 inches - everything else. Once the soils warm up a bit more everything will explode with growth.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:09 AM
Sunny, warm to hot during the day and cool nights with low humidity. This is similar to 2009, a wonderful year to work in the vineyard and make wine in Virginia. Fruit set went well and is behind us now. Hedging has begun and we are still tucking, tying, weeding, spraying and mowing. Throw in leaf pulling in a week or so and it's called June. "The" month in Virginia viticulture to be on top of things.
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