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Not a lot has happened (in the vineyard, anyway) since we removed the old Sauvignon Blanc vines last fall. Within the next two weeks, this open field will be ripped, leveled, staked, and planted to Cabernet Sauvignon -- clone 8 on 03916 rootstock. Don't worry, we've planted some Rodeno clone Sangiovese too. Look at the photos, and enjoy the movie - we are!
Margrit Mondavi, honorary chair of Women for WineSense's 2015 Grand Event, with WWS co-founder yours truly at the closing celebration in Napa on May 2.
Margrit gave an eloquent talk to an appreciative audience from all over the US about the many contributions women have made to the wine business, and to the growing culture of wine in America -- modestly downplaying her own important rôle in the success of the Robert Mondavi Winery, which she joined at its founding in 1966 -- and how much more will be accomplished by strong women in the years to come.
Early bud break this spring and fine weather has lead to early bloom in our Napa Valley Sangiovese. This photo was taken May 1, 2015, four weeks before we normally expect bloom.
You have to be only inches away and looking closely to see grape flowers. It's a surprise to see how tiny they are - barely visible pale yellow filaments, so delicate that a strong breeze can blow them away before they "set" the fruit.
If all goes well this summer, those little green beads will mature into a cluster of ripe berries . And we all know what comes after that - vintage 2015!
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