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Jason Alexander
 
January 30, 2013 | Jason Alexander

Begining of a new season

Mike Wolf and team swept into the vineyard last week to take advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather.

Mike noted that "The vines grew well in 2012, leaving good quality wood for what we hope to be a great 2013".

 

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
September 12, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer Vineyard Update Sept 12, 2012

   

With the 2012 harvest just weeks away, we caught up with Meteor Vineyard winemaker and partner Dawnine Dyer to discuss the vintage.

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
August 24, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Dawnine Dyer in the Vineyard

Dawnine gives us an update from the vineyard.

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM
Meteor Vineyard Team
 
August 2, 2012 | Meteor Vineyard Team

Winemaker Dawnine Dyer on the status of the 2012 Vintage

 

With a near perfect summer the 2012 growing season is promising to be a great one. Dawnine Dyer talking about the vintage thus far.

 

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Barry Schuler
 
May 12, 2012 | Barry Schuler

Lush Canopy Marks a Healthy Start to 2012 Vintage

The drama of Napa's 2011 growing season still looms large and an unusually dry winter had the entire gower community bracing for the worst.  But Mother Nature took a chill-pill and delivered a very wet early spring.  Bud break arrived right on schedule and the vines sprung into action with time-lapse like speed.

You can take a walk around the vinyeard by viewing this gallery of "living pictures" shot with the new Lytro camera.  The Lytro captures light waves vs pixels and allows a viewer to change the focal point by clicking on various parts of the picture.  You can give it a try in the picture above - click on Meteor's signature Blue Oak on the horizon and watch it come into focus.  Then click on the leaf in the foreground.  Enjoy the full gallery.

Jason Alexander
 
December 13, 2011 | Jason Alexander

“If Coombsville has an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…”

Patrick Comiskey’s December 2011 article in Wine and Spirits Magazine is one of the most thorough articles written about Coombsville. Capturing everything from the historical foundation of the name (Nathan Coombs’ farm, which he called “Willows”, forms the central part of what is now the town of Napa) to an exploration of the complex geologic nature of the regions soils.

A couple of favorite quotes;

“If Coombsville has an epicenter, it’s Meteor Vineyard…”

“When marine incursion layers snake in the Napa Valley from San Pablo Bay, they arrive here first and leave last, resulting in one of the valley’s longest growing seasons.”

“Almost all of the soils of the area are some combination of two components: accumulated landslide debris, something (Jonathan) Swinchatt calls colluvium: and layers of light, flaky volcanic ash, from Mt. George eruptions.”

“In addition to to the colluvium and tuff melange, Meteor’s soils have a high proportion of cobble in the mix. No one is quite sure where this cobble comes from, but the landslide activity may have pushed it there, the way glaciers push debris from one place to another. The drainage that cobble affords the soil, in addition to the air drainage down this west facing slope and the prominent exposure at the top of the knoll all combine to set this site apart. This may, in fact, be Coombsville’s cru.”

Time Posted: Dec 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM
Jason Alexander
 
September 24, 2010 | Jason Alexander

Whether Weather? It’s not over until the grapes come in…

3 things come to the forefront in a vintage like 2010 – experience, patience and perseverence. In a meeting with Mike Wolf yesterday he displayed and comforted with all 3.

Anyone who has spent any time in nature understands that the logic of the natural world, while identifiable on a molecular level, is unstable and downright confusing on the macro level.  How many times have you scratched your head in wonder while weather.com or your local weather person proclaims a likely rainless day as the showers pour down?  While Mike can’t predict the rain (though he can exhaustively gather and analyze data on pressure systems, moisture levels, etc.) his experience and patience were tantamount to where we are now in the vintage cycle.

A quick recap of phenology;

March 19 Budbreak

June 3 50% Bloom

August 16 50% Verasion

Anticipated harvest?  Second week of October?

Time Posted: Sep 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Jason Alexander
 
August 30, 2010 | Jason Alexander

Verasion Underway

Nature is in control. That is the undeniable reality of the wine business.

When the sun broke through the fog this morning around 1030a, it immediately drew me outside for a stroll around the vineyard. In the 10 days since my last post about cool temps and rising concerns about ripeness, the blogobabble has continued to bubble.  Some critics have noted the likelihood of lower alcohols, not neccesarily a bad thing, though in more temperate Coombsville one of our struggles is finding the magic balance between fruit and acid which often means a little extra hang time on the vine.  Others have already written off the vintage for late harvesting grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon.  Talk to industry veterans though and they seem much less fazed. Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf is waiting for verasion to proceed a little further before sending the crew back into the vineyard for some “draconian” thinning.  In the meantime, the color transformation continues…

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Jason Alexander
 
August 13, 2010 | Jason Alexander

Green Harvesting Pass #2

When the vineyard crew took to the vines last Thursday I quickly grabbed my camera.

Mike Wolf’s team was en mass in the vineyard last Thursday in pass #2 of what we anticipate to be multiple passes through the vineyard. The technique is pretty simple – wait for the beginning of verasion and then thin the clusters that are most delayed.  We are currently carrying 2 clusters per shoot.  If Mike is right about taking “draconian” measures, we could see this cut back even more.

The current projection for the week is continued moderate temperatures with morning cloud cover burning off to afternoon sun.

Time Posted: Aug 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM
Jason Alexander
 
August 3, 2010 | Jason Alexander

If it’s green, cut it off…

What a difference a week makes.

While many continue to bemoan the lack of heat, the conversation among vineyard managers is increasingly shifting to pure sunlight hours – after all, it is the sun that produces photosynthesis! The morning fog has been clearing earlier by the day, with mid-afternoon temperatures in the low 80’s and plenty of sunshine.  The result was increased pace of verasion and, most importantly for Mike Wolf and his team, clear deliniation between the grapes that will continue hanging on the vine and those that are severed to wilt in the afternoon sun.  If it’s green, cut it off…

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM