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Crush Update: Week 4

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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:22 pm

Warm-enough temperatures last week kept sugars climbing in Lodi vineyards, and harvest reports pouring into my Facebook page...

Joe Cotta sent Zinfandel over to Sutter Home to be made into their famous White Zinfandel.

Bill Stokes of Benson Ferry/Lodi Wine Cellars says that harvest for whites in both the delta and Lodi is "fast and furious."

Susan Ripken brought in Pinot Noir with small bunches at normal tonnage of excellent quality with nice spice and raspberry, no rot and only slight raisining. Van Ruiten crushed Pinot Noir from Kline's Vineyards.

Ripken, Van Ruiten and Vino Con Brio have brought in about the last of their Pinot Gris and report good quality, but lighter crop.

Cindy Harris from Peirano said they harvested Tempranillo at 2 tons per acre, Chardonnay at 3 tons/acre, and Viognier at a paltry 1 ton/acre, which was, "...about half the normal yield. Quality is excellent but a light crop. Tannins, acids and sugars are good. Harvest is about 10 days late this year so the extra hang time will really bring out some wonderful flavor!"

Vino Con Brio also picked Viognier along with Muscat Canelli and Sauvignon blanc, saying, "We are 4 weeks behind schedule and hoping to finish before Thanksgiving."

With whites just about done, Merlot and the famous Lodi Zins are next up.