Trailer for Sale or Rent
We're going to purchase a used but sturdy picking trailer tomorrow up in York Mountain. That's a first for our humble farm.
I've been schlepping stacked up macro bins in our two "mature" pick up trucks since our first substantial harvest in 2010. This trailer will allow us to have our picking bins single-high while picking the whole ranch. This is muy bueno.
The fruit is looking good. Really good. We will have our first nice pull from the meter-by-meter Estrella Clone Syrah block, as well as the first real harvest from the Bunk House Block, which is our most geologically complex block. It also houses the widest variety of grapes: Syrah, Counoise, Cinsaut, Roussanne, Grenache and Grenache Blanc.
We are still looking at a mid-October Estate pick. The weather has been wonderfully mild, allowing the plants to rebound from what has been a pretty severe hot spell. The "Brix" or sugar readings around town have been high, but it's all a facade. The vines freak out and the numbers get all wonky when extreme weather happens.
This is one of the reasons why we rely heavily on how the grapes taste and not so much on what the numbers look like.
To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Trust your instincts".