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A look at October's harvest in Washington

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Below is a look at what was picked, when, and where in Washington during October. Many growers and winemakers wrapped up harvest this year between the middle and end of October, although some did pick into November.

The hallmark of this harvest season was certainly the cool down that took place in September and October, where heat accumulation more or less flatlined. This is well shown in the chart of Growing Degree Days (GDD), a measure of heat accumulation, from Washington State University. This allowed picking to occur at a measured pace.

Winemaker Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars in the Walla Walla Valley sent along the following table of pick dates over the last three years. For perspective, 2015 was a hot year (again, see the GDD chart above). 2016 had an extremely warm start but then more of a normal(ish) final few months. 2017 had above average heat accumulation during the height of the summer but then cooled down considerably in September and October. Here are Busch's notes:



Block:

2015

2016

2017

French Creek Chardonnay

8/19/15

8/19/16

9/8/17

Red Mountain Vineyard Merlot

9/4/15

9/7/16

9/26/17

Seven Hills Block 33 Merlot

9/9/15

9/12/16

9/16/17

Red Mountain Vineyard Block D CS

9/10/15

9/28/16

10/8/17

Les Collines Block 50 Syrah

9/7/15

9/24/16

9/23/17

Phinny Hill "Elene's Block" CS Clone 8

9/22/15

9/30/16

10/14/17

Lewis Syrah

9/30/15

10/7/16

10/19/17

Blue Mountain Vineyard CS

9/23/15

10/3/16

10/4/17

Blue Mountain Vineyard Block 1 CF

9/24/15

10/1/16

10/11/17

CS = Cabernet Sauvignon
CF = Cabernet Franc











As you can see, there is variability in the pick dates across years. While some of the 2017 dates line up with 2016, most are 10-14 days (or more) later.

I'll post additional thoughts on the growing season in a subsequent harvest report.

***

See information on the Washington State Growing Degree Days here.

See monthly forecast for Yakima Valley (Sunnyside), Red Mountain (Benton City), Walla WallaPaterson, and Mattawa.

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The information in the table below is aggregated from personal correspondence with growers and winemakers, as well as information posted on Twitter and Facebook. It is not intended to be comprehensive but rather is intended as a snapshot of what is going on around the state. If you wish to send data for your grapes or vineyards (or correct any of the information below), please email me at wawinereport@gmail.com, leave a comment here, or leave a comment on the WWR Facebook page.





Winery

Grape
Vineyard
Date
Notes
Columbia Valley
Hedges
Cabernet Sauv
Sagemoor
10/4

Rocky Pond
Merlot
Double D
10/5

Succession
Sauv Blanc
Double D
10/5

Lodmell
Syrah
Estate
10/6

Baer
Cabernet Franc
Stillwater
10/7

Rasa
Riesling
Bacchus/
Dionysus
10/7

Gordon
Alicante Boushchet
Estate
10/10

Lodmell
Cabernet Sauv
Estate
10/11

Lawrence
Cabernet Sauv
Solaksen
10/14
Clone 4
Lawrence
Malbec
Solaksen
10/14

Baer
Petit Verdot
Stillwater
10/17
Final grapes of season
Tempus
Cabernet Sauv
Bacchus
10/18

--
Cabernet Sauv
Solaksen
10/20
Clone 191
Kitzke
Petit Verdot
Candy Mt
10/20

Kitzke
Sangiovese
Candy Mt
10/20

--
Grenache
Double D
10/26

Gordon Estate
Cabernet Sauv
Estate
10/30
Last pick
--
Cabernet Sauv
Double D
11/1
Last fruit will be 11/2
Yakima Valley
Eight Bells
Cabernet Sauv
Red Willow
10/4

Sparkman
Syrah
Olsen
10/6
2012 plantings
--
Cabernet Franc
DuBrul
10/6
For rosé
Co Dinn
Grenache
Lonesome Spr
10/17

Co Dinn
Syrah
Lonesome Spr
10/17

Co Dinn
Mourvedre
Lonesome Spr
10/17

--
Grenache
Boushey
10/18

--
Mourvedre
Boushey
10/18

Kevin White
Mourvedre
Boushey
10/19

Rattlesnake Hills
Cote Bonneville
Cabernet Sauv
DuBrul
10/10

Co Dinn
Cabernet Franc
Elephant Mt
10/11

Co Dinn
Petit Verdot
Elephant Mt
10/11

Convergence Zone
Cabernet Franc
Dineen
10/12

Pearl & Stone
Mourvedre
Sugarload
10/14

Cote Bonneville
Cabernet Sauv
DuBrul
10/16
For Carriage House
Kevin White
Cabernet Sauv
DuBrul
10/18
Last fruit
--
Cabernet Sauv
DuBrul
10/23

--
Cabernet Sauv
DuBrul
10/26
Last day of harvest
Snipes Mountain
Orr
Chenin Blanc
Upland
10/9

Red Mountain
EFESTE
Syrah
Ciel du Cheval
10/4
For Ceidleigh
Fidelitas
Cabernet Sauv
Estate
10/4

Robert Ramsay
Counoise
Red Heaven
10/4

Convergence Zone
Grenache
Ciel du Cheval
10/6

Auclair
Cabernet Franc
Ciel du Cheval
10/7

Ancestry
Cabernet Sauv
Redpath
10/13

Auclair
Cabernet Sauv
Kiona
10/15
1976 block
Auclair
Cabernet Sauv
Heart of Hill
10/15

Hard Row
Cabernet Sauv
Heat of Hill
10/23

L’Ecole No. 41
Cabernet Sauv
Klipsun
10/23
Last fruit of harvest. 46 days after the start.
Auclair
Cabernet Sauv
Artz
10/23
Last fruit
Hard Row
Grenache
Red Heaven
11/1

Hard Row
Syrah
Red Heaven
11/1

Hard Row
Mourvedre
Red Heaven
11/1

Patterson
Touriga Nacional
Red Heaven
11/12
Last fruit of year
Patterson
Tempranillo
Red Heaven
11/12

Walla Walla Valley
Tertulia
Cabernet Sauv
Riviere Galet
10/4

Golden Ridge
Merlot
Estate
10/4

Abeja
Syrah
Mill Creek
10/6

Kontos
Cabernet Sauv
Seven Hills
10/6

Laelaps
Cabernet Sauv
Seven Hills
10/7

Tertulia
Cabernet Franc
Elevation
10/9

Lagana
Carmenere
Seven Hills
10/9

Basel Cellars
Syrah
Double River
10/10

Gifford Hirlinger
Merlot
Estate
10/10

Tertulia
Grenache
Riviere Galets
10/11

College Cellars
Cabernet Sauv
Stan Clarke
10/12

Dusted Valley
Cabernet Franc
Sconni Block
10/14

Tertulia
Cabernet Sauv
Elevation
10/16

Sleight of Hand
Grenache
Elevation
10/16

Tertulia
Grenache
Riviere Galets
10/17

Abeja
Cabernet Franc
Heather Hill
10/19

Dusted Valley
Cabernet Sauv
Southwind
10/29

Gifford Hirlinger
Petit Verdot
Estate
10/31
Last fruit
Long Shadows
Sangiovese
Pepper Bridge
10/31
Last pick
Wahluke Slope
Longship
Cabernet Sauv
Northridge
10/31
Last fruit
Horse Heaven Hills
Sleight of Hand
Cabernet Franc
Phinny Hill
10/13
Elene’s block
Hard Row
Syrah
Destiny Ridge
10/16

Ste. Michelle
Cabernet Franc
Canoe Ridge
10/16

Alexandria Nicole
Cabernet Sauv
Destiny Ridge
10/19
Block 5
Eternal
Cabernet Sauv
Discovery
10/24

Columbia Gorge
Dowsett
Gewurz
Celilo
10/10

Lake Chelan
Hard Row
Viognier
Jon Wadkins
10/4

--
Riesling
Clos CheValle
10/4

Hard Row
Pinot Noir
Clos CheValle
10/9

Rocky Pond
Riesling
Clos CheValle
10/9

Rocky Pond
Syrah
Clos CheValle
10/11

Vin du Lac
Pinot Noir
Clos CheValle
10/13

--
Syrah
Double D
10/15

--
Malbec
Double D
10/18

Hard Row
Roussanne
Robin’s
10/18

Hard Row
Marsanne
Robin’s
10/18

Radiance
Riesling
Clos CheValle
10/25

Hard Row
Cabernet Franc
Glacier Gravels
10/28

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