Summertime Peek at our Vineyard Sources: Part 1 – Deer Meadows by Jennifer
Deer Meadows Vineyard, July 2016. Photo: J. Waits, Waits-Mast

Visiting Deer Meadows Vineyard with Rich Savoy in July, 2016. Photo: J. Waits

A week ago, on July 23, we trekked up to Anderson Valley to take a look at how a few of the Waits-Mast vineyard sources are progressing. Although it was a warm weekend for us fog-loving San Francisco denizens, the heat was not as unbearable as it’s been in much of the country this summer. In fact, it’s been a relatively cool year in Anderson Valley, which means that harvest is likely later than it was in 2015.


Color starting to show on grapes at Deer Meadows Vineyard in July, 2016. Photo: J. Waits

Our first stop was to Deer Meadows Vineyard, which is a lovely drive up into the hills above Anderson Valley (the vineyard sits at about 1600 feet). Owner Rich Savoy met up with us and took us on a walk through the vineyards. We noticed that his pond was looking pretty good and he told us that there was quite a bit of rain this year (maybe 36 inches) and that the pond filled up again. It was in stark contrast to the drier drought-affected pond that we’d seen last year.


Pond at Deer Meadows Vineyard. July 2016. Photo: J. Waits

Rich said that since it’s been a cooler, moister year, he’s just starting to see some color on the Pinot Noir berries. It varies by clone, so some of the vineyard is still quite green, whereas in other parts there are a few purple berries here and there. He’s guessing that we are about 6 or 7 weeks away from harvest, which is quite a departure from last year’s really early in the season pick on September 2. We can’t wait!


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