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July in the Vineyards – Part Three: Nash Mill Vineyard by Jennifer

Before bringing some updates from our vineyard visits from last weekend (spoiler alert: things are heating up, with harvest drawing near), we wanted to flash back to our final late July vineyard tour. During a quick visit to Nash Mill Vineyard on Saturday, July 22, we continued with our series of check-ins at sites from which Waits-Mast sources pinot noir grapes. As we saw at Wentzel Vineyard earlier in the day, the fruit at Nash Mill has developed considerably since our trip to Anderson Valley in May.

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

On the May trip, the berries were tiny, contrasted with the July visit, when plump green grapes were visible, with much leafier canopies. As was the case at Wentzel, some vineyard work was taking place during our visit, with extraneous foliage getting pruned from each row.

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

Although located in the cooler, “deep end” of Anderson Valley, Nash Mill was certainly baking in the mid-day sun during the particularly hot weekend of our visit. Fruit seemed a bit further along than at Wentzel, with some particularly large clusters, which was not the case back in May.

Grape clusters at Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Grape clusters at Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

For comparison, in 2016 Nash Mill was harvested during a night pick on September 12/13. In the same vintage, one section of Wentzel was picked on September 5 and another was picked on September 21. As always, it will be fascinating to see when harvest will begin for us and if the order of vineyards will be similar to prior years.

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Nash Mill Vineyard on July 22, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

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