Well, I would like to say that we are almost done but that is not the case. We filled every tank in the winery last Saturday (10/20) because of the rain that was coming Sunday night.
At that point we were at 65% done. The yields have been averaging a bit over our initial estimates.
Even with the mad scramble on Saturday I still wasn't able to bring in the last few lots of Zinfandel for what is a record crop of Zinfandel this year.
We had showers/rain off and on for the past few days with the last showers on Wednesday. Today has been dry and the phone has been ringing off the hook from anxious growers wanting to get their grapes picked.
The view at the winery are stunning this time of year, though all of us will be able to enjoy it a little more once we have finished our harvest.
We have been pressing off tanks at an accelerated rate to make room. Friday we will start in again with several lots of Cabernet and Saturday is going to be even bigger.
At this point we still have a little Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petit Sirah, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon to harvest.
In other words, we will be finishing up in mid-November.