Filed under: Vineyards | Tags: 2016 harvest, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir, Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Wentzel Vineyard
Harvest is getting closer, so I wanted to wrap up my series of vineyard visits from last month. On July 23, we took a trip through three of the Anderson Valley Vineyards that Waits-Mast sources from. I’ve already covered our visits to Deer Meadows Vineyard and Nash Mill Vineyard and in this post I’ll focus on Wentzel Vineyard.
Located in the hills above Philo, Wentzel Vineyard is a magical place surrounded by woods. Touring our specific sites requires a short hike up a road and then uphill through vineyards. Along the way we passed the Wentzels’ chicken house and then journeyed near a tree stump that was riddled with acorn-stuffed holes. Nature was all around us, reminding us of the many inhabitants of the area, including lizards, hawks, coyotes, fox, and bears.
As far as the fruit, things seemed to be progressing more quickly at Wentzel than at the other two vineyards that we visited. This isn’t unusual, as Wentzel is often our first harvest of the year, which was certainly the case when we picked on August 29 in 2015 (our prior picks were on September 4 in 2014, September 8 in 2013 and September 24 in 2012).
Although it varied by location in the vineyard, we saw more purple berries at Wentzel than at our other two vineyards. With 2016 a cooler year, we’re expecting that our harvest date will be in early September; so it’s time for another vineyard visit soon!
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