Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sierra Foothills Harvest Update: Andis Wines (Amador County)
Mark McKenn, Winemaker and General Manager at Andis Wines in Plymouth, Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California, sends this harvest update:
"It has been very much a “hurry up and wait” harvest for us so far.
Off to an early start picking our two Sauvignon Blanc fields on the 30th and 31st of August, those picks were quickly followed by Semillon, Chenin Blanc, and Rose (a blend of Zinfandel and Barbera). The crew worked hard to process all those tons while preparing for the eminent deluge of reds.
Then we waited, and waited, and are still waiting for the reds to come along to the desired maturity.
Whether it is the above average crop loads or that small rainstorm we had or a combination of factors, the reds have just been stubborn. That said, the vineyards look amazing, incredibly sound and healthy fruit, minimal raisins, and the canopies are holding up well.
All this waiting will be but a distant memory by the end of next week. We have Merlot, Barbera, Zinfandel, Primitivo, and probably Syrah all slated to come in to the winery next week. Time to dust off the punch down tools…… "