Yakima Valley grapes have begun their maturation process
Yakima, Wa. June 30, 2013. This month’s update on the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring during the growing season focuses on berry set. Each of these vines is located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect what the plants currently look like.
Great weather during June produced an excellent fruit set. Now is when seeds, berry flesh and skin tannins begin to develop.
The 2014 vintage is at least 10-14 days ahead of average. According to WSU's Agweathernet,
Yakima Valley heat accumulation units as of June 22nd are on track for a repeat of 2013, which was a very warm year.
Next steps for Yakima Valley growers: Crop estimates and cluster thinning to adjust the crop to optimum levels.
Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mtn, Yakima Valley: After a good bloom, berry set looks great. Shoot growth is normal. We will start to scale back the water in order to slow and eventually shut canopy growth down.
Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Beautiful weather resulted in a nice set. Grapes are in the pea sized berry stage. Currently we are going through blocks shoot thinning.
Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley: 10:20 am June 27th--viewing the Cabernet Sauvignon vine, from the east and the west.
DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley: The vines are happy. Fruit set is excellent.
Portteus Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is in the transition stage from flowering to berry set.