Received a call for the harvesting at my friend’s vineyard of cabernet sauvignon in SLO County.

Started harvesting at 5:00 am.

These vines are 4 years old and just about coming to the maturity suitable for varietal wine. As the grower stopped watering prior to the harvesting, the clusters were clean and no rotten berries.

Brix were around 24-25 and seeds were nicely turned brown. Soft tannin.

As day had gone by, the fog was lifted and cleared up the sky, drying morning dews pretty quickly made harvesting easier.

Although with a dozen pickers, the harvest didn’t finish in 10 hours, it had to be left for tomorrow.