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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sierra Foothills/Butte County Veraison Report: LaRocca Vineyards (Forest Ranch)
"We plant Chardonnay at the West Side of the Sutter Buttes
(which is the smallest mountain range in the world).Right now our Chardonnay is at full
Sutter Buttes at Sunset
WATER AND OTHER NOTES, Sutter Buttes: "We are doing our last
irrigation and we are planning to start picking the first week in
September.We are very concerned
regarding labor.We're being told
there's a shortage.As for water at this
vineyard, we are on a deep well and we flood irrigate. Haven't had any water
Beautiful Mt Lassen
We plant Pinot Noir in the Forest Ranch Vineyard at 2600
feet at the base of Mt. Lassen on Doe Mill Ridge.Our Pinot Noir is at 70% veraison.Both Chard and Pinot look very good both in
terms of quality and crop load.
We are seeing early some color in our Zinfandel and Cabernet
Sauvignon. We have 56 acres of Cabernet so that's our biggest crush and also
comes in last.
WATER NOTE: We have several wells
in Forest Ranch and do drip irrigation, it's slow and steady for the
water. OTHER NOTE: Again, labor is a huge concern this season."