News From Harney Lane

A Word From Dad

Well, Our Loyal Blog Readers… are in for a treat!!!!!!!!  This entry, my dad and patriarch of the family, George, shares with you about this years season.  ENJOY!!!!!……………………………………………………………

“2011 is harvest #48 for me.  I have learned a lot in 48 years.  One thing is —there is no such thing as a normal season.  2011 started out with a lot of challenging weather (cool and rainy) which meant extra sulphuring and spraying to control the mildew and fungus.  This made for a very late veraison.  We have a light crop caused in part by the very cool weather we had during bloom.  With the light crop and ideal late summer weather the grapes appear to be of high quality for wine.  We will know for sure when we drink it in 2013-2014.  Kyle has been very busy doing the work (his and mine) in the field and in the winery.

Our winery building that seemed large 3 years ago is now very full.  People keep drinking wine and we keep making more.

The varieties in and crushed so far are Albarino, Chardonnay, Primitivo and Old Vine Zinfandel.  At this point we are waiting for Petite Sirah and Tempranillo to finish ripening so we can harvest them.  Pray for more of this dry warm (not hot) weather.

For a successful season, we depend on good management decisions, good employees, good weather and blessings from above.”

As many of you know, dad’s been dealing with some health issues and he’s not much for sitting still!!  So, thanks, Dad,  for being a good sport and sharing your wisdom of 48 seasons with us while you had to be still for a bit!!!