We are now beginning bud break at Stillwater Creek Vineyard. The Phelps Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are getting their first leaves. This puts 2017 bud break very close to (maybe a week later) than bud break in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Cabernet Sauvignon is in bud swell, but no leaves yet. The weather is still very cool with very few sunny, warm days so far. Photos from May 1-3 are posted here.
During the winter we had a great deal of snow, up to a foot in areas, and the snow stayed on the ground through February. We have also had many rains prior to bud break. Our recent measurements of ground water show little need for an early irrigation. This may be the first year that I do not irrigate prior to bud break.
Pruning and trellis repair is complete and we are now setting up the irrigation.