After a cool winter and moderate spring, sunny skies and warmer temperatures have staked claim across the Valley. This summery foundation has moved vines into the bloom phase. Unlike many flowering plants, which rely on outside sources, like insects, for pollination, grapevines are hermaphroditic and self-pollinating. The calyptra, a protective cap, sits atop the flowers. When ready, the calyptra is shed, exposing the pistols to pollen so fertilization can occur.
During flowering, fingers are crossed in hopes of bringing good weather. Because wind or rain can disrupt pollination and cause uneven fruit development, known as shatter, some folks get worked up. However, there can be an upside. When ‘shatter’ occurs in tightly clustered varietals, like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or SB, the unaffected fruit has more breathing room. This can reduce the probability mold will come into play during the critical period leading up to harvest.
Any worries about an uneven fruit set are for naught as the weather is slated to be textbook perfect for the several weeks.
To inquire more about the upcoming vintage and reserve your favorite barrel please contact Stuart Ake.