Bud break was very early this year, about the same as 2015, our earliest. (View 2016 bud break dates by block here.) To date, we are approximately 8 inches ahead of last year in shoot growth. The crew is working on cordon and crown suckering. We will complete the white varieties and then move to the Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and finish up with the north block’s along the runway.
Soon we will add foliar mineral to the vines. We will begin with a mix of foliar applied multi-minerals and calcium, important to build strong cell walls this time of year.
More spring photos of the vineyard can be viewed here.