After harvesting Moon Hollow Sauvignon Blanc 2021 on August 20th and Moon Hollow Viognier 2021 on September 3rd, we are patiently waiting for the red varietals to get ripe enough; which looks like to be at around late September for this year.
The Sauvignon Blanc already gives us the vintage characteristics! Healthy fruit and low yield. Perfect recipe for a great vintage. The low yield (overall 20% less compared to 2020) is due to wind during flowering and provides clusters of fruit with space in between berries; which helped keeping the fruit healthy while growing. Temperatures were balanced and never reached over 100F on this side of the mountain (50F the morning of Sauvignon Blanc harvest).
Another drought this year with very little rain in winter has driven the vine to produce less fruit and smaller berries; translating in more flavors for the future wine. Though we have to wait a little more to get the red in the cellar! A lot can happen.