We’ve Got Bud Break!

Words: Greg Scheinfeld

When: 04/09/2013

Images: Greg Scheinfeld

The start of the 2013 growing season is officially here!   The technical term is bud break; this is the first sign of growth in the vineyards.   What is bud break you ask? Every grapevine has arms, the number can range from one to many but typically there are only two.  Along the arms are buds.  The bud is the point on the vine where a shoot will grow, then eventually the grape clusters form on the shoots.

So basically bud break is really quite exciting because this is the first sign of life in the vineyard.

I know it may still feel like winter on the east coast but the start of spring in Napa has begun.  Even with a few showers in the end of March and early April we are well on our way to another great harvest at Uproot!

News from the cellar:

Over the last couple weeks all of our 2012 wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Grenache, and Cabernet received another dose of sulfur and all the barrels were topped up.

Our Sauvignon Blanc and our Grenache Blanc were also stirred for what will most likely be the last time.

Our Grenache was topped with some of our Petit Verdot.  We have made a small amount of PV this year that will be used to blend into both our Grenache and into our Cabernet Sauvignon.

At this time our two Cabernet Sauvignon lots remain separate to ensure they develop fully before we make our final blend.  This usually will occur a few months before we bottle the wine.

As for our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, we recently blended our two lots.   We anticipate bottling this wine towards the end of the summer.