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Harvest 2017

Bud break – April 27th.  About 2 weeks later than normal. Bloom – Back to normal – last week of June. Verasion – Last week of August Harvests: Potter’s Vineyard Estate Rosé of Pinot noir – September 24th Potter’s Vineyard Estate Pinot noir – October 3rd  Konowac Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – October 4th Celilo Vineyards Chardonnay – October 5th Winter came in like a lion for the 2017 vintage.  There was lots of snow but also lots of ice and above average amounts of rain which delayed start of pruning.   The abundant soil moisture made it hard to get into the fields to mulch the prunings and take care of the weeds.  Thus 2017 will be remembered for the generous...

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Harvest 2016

Bud break – April 7th. About 1 week early. Bloom – Early – 2nd  week of June – 2 weeks early. Verasion – Early – 1st week of August – 2 weeks early. Harvests: Potter’s Vineyard Estate Rosé of Pinot noir – September 5th Potter’s Vineyard Estate Pinot noir – September 17th Celilo Vineyards Chardonnay – September 20th Konowac Vineyards – September 16th Finally the hot year subsided a bit.  In 2016 bloom came very early but there were lots of cool spells in the early months of shoot growth.  We had an unusual heat spike followed by colder temperatures around bloom that resulted in bit later bloom and a variable fruit set.  You could really see this along the...

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Harvest 2015

Another hot year blesses the Pacific NW vineyards.  In 2015 the nice weather started even earlier than in the past 3 years.  This led to an early and very healthy bud break and fruit set that resulted in some of the largest and plentiful Pinot noir clusters.   All signs pointed to an early harvest but the grape growers truly faced uncharted waters.  In June, our vineyard manager suggested that some of the fruit in the valley might even be harvested in August this year.  This is something we certainly did not want to see happen.  So what could we do to slow the ripening down. We employed several strategies to reduce the nutrients that were available to the vines. ...

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Harvest 2014

Conditions in the Willamette Valley were more like the Umpqua Valley with the Growing Degree Days (GDD) hitting ~ 2575 at harvest on September 27th.  Typically, for most of the previous years we would not reach 2100 GDD by this time. Harvest was very smooth this year with great weather up to the day we planned on harvesting.  We could have hung longer but the grapes were at the optimum brix and the acid was still bright.  We learned that in a lot of vineyards the acid levels dropped very rapidly this year – probably due to the hotter summer.  Acid is such a critical balancing component in Pinot noir that we did not want to lose that bright component...

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Harvest 2013

A challenging and exciting vintage The second vintage at The Potter’s Vineyard started with some excellent weather for growing grapes. The first quarter of the year was drier than normal making it easier to get into the field and give the vines a good start. The mildew that often comes that time of year was also much less of a challenge. The nice weather continued and created one of the driest springs on record. A ‘normal’ dry summer continued leaving us with growing degree-days quite a bit ahead of normal. We reached bud break, bloom, and fruit set earlier than is typical most years. There was a bit of hail during bloom that created an incomplete fruit set so the...

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