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Crush Update: Week 5

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Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 2:45 pm

Tanks are filling with perhaps Lodi's final Chardonnay of the 2010 season:

Brad Goehring's Paddy Creek Ranch in Clements sent truckloads to Delicato. Watts Winery picked their Casa Azul Vineyard 3 weeks later than 2009, and reported, "The crop was 1/3 lighter than 2009, probably because berries are small in size this year. Berries look good and taste great."

Cynthia Cosco of Passaggio Wines at CrushPad in Napa agreed, "Fruit looks good... nice acid this year," referring to 2 tons of Chard and 2 tons of Pinot Grigio picked from Klein Family Estate Vineyard on Peltier Road.

Meanwhile, Mokelumne Glen harvested 1.5 tons of their German white Bacchus.

Lodi's Zinfandels are now steadily coming off the field with nice, near-black color already showing in fermenters:

Michael-David took Zin from Brad Goehring's 102-year-old vines and from Dave Devine's vineyard. Macchia also picked some off of Dave. Tom Hoffman gathered 1.2 tons (at 25 Brix, 3.48 pH) from Block 5 of his own Heritage Oak Vineyard, while McCay Cellars crushed 6 tons (25.8 Brix) from his vineyard, working out to 2.5 tons per acre.

Other reds are starting up, with Estate Crush crushing Merlot, Vino Con Brio crushing their Pinotage, Heritage Oak crushing a ton of Derek Halecky's Grenache (23 Brix), and Fields Family Vineyards supplying organic Syrah to Nevada County Wine Guild.

Finally, south of the town of Lockeford, Lodi's newest wineries christened their shiny equipment with Tempranillo at Kidder Family Winery and the same Tempranillo with Syrah for Jeremy Wine Company.