Veraison is when we begin to see the beginning of purple coloration on the fruit on our red varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, etc.). This signifies the beginning of ripening. And, this process has begun. As of this week we are seeing just a few berries on each cluster with hints of purple overlaying the green.

The growing season this year has been rather constant - but not without variation. We had a heating trend in July with temperatures into and above 100 degrees. But we have also had some refreshing cool days in the 70s and low 80s - and even a hint of drizzle once or twice. While it is still anybody's guess, I am feeling like it may be a late harvest this year. I also see this as the kind of growing season that will bring us fruit of distinction. The long growing season will lend complexity to the fruit. We are seeing clusters that are long and open with thick skinned berries. These "open" clusters are able to resist mildew growth. This is a real blessing should we have any rains before harvest. The thick skins are what will make this vintage super flavorful.

Did you know that red wines derive all of their color from the skins? The flesh of the fruit is a very pale shade of translucent off-white. The thick, dark skins of Cabernet Sauvignon imbue the wine with color and phenols which flavor the wine - and provide the health benefits associated with moderate wine consumption. So pour yourself a glass of your favorite Cabernet and enjoy - you deserve it!


Hawk and Horse Vineyards